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Play of the Day: fan catches ball in beer, chugs beer

Apr 11, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

A fan at the Astros-Mariners game caught a foul ball in his beer. Then, like any right-thinking person, he chugged it. No word on whether the mud the ball was rubbed with, the rosin it was later soiled with or the pine tar which marked it from the bat has killed said fan, but at least he will always have this moment (pic is a screencap from


What do we call this drink? A horsehide car bomb? A Rawlings boilermaker? Just give me a few minutes and we’ll figure this out. Then we’ll sell them for $6 a pop at crappy suburban sports bars all over America and retire as rich as Croesus.

  1. stex52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Give it historical context. The Safeco Chug.

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      I’m half way with you, how about calling it ” Safeco Ball Bomb ”

      Goes al;ong with all the other “bomb” drinks out there.

      • stex52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Not bad either. I just hate the thought of people in bars 50 years from now wondering how a drink got that name. We must think of them.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      I vote for something that doesn’t have a corporate affiliation. Mariner’s Mitt? Or, Seattle Ball Bomb then.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        “I vote for something that doesn’t have a corporate affiliation”

        Anarchist! ( shakes fist angrily )

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Ohhh, I love you too.

  2. charlutes - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I like to point it out when he sucks, so I’m going to give Craig credit for making me laugh today. Thx bud.

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      What does he “suck” at? Giving his opinions on baseball? Get a life.

      Not like he forgot to put the new coversheets on the TPS reports or something important.

  3. number42is1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    And this is why baseball is the greatest sport that there is. Name me another sport where this could happen?

    P.S. Golf is not a sport

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      “P.S. Golf is not a sport”

      Crowd: ( Gasp! ) /s

  4. skeleteeth - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    He’s all like ‘just another day at the beerpark..’

  5. karlton3 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    If I was at an Astros-Marlins game, I would be drinking heavily too.

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      You almost had it.

    • royhobbs39 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      He wasn’t at an Astros-Marlins game.

    • skeleteeth - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      He’s not wrong though.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    New Jersey Mudslide

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Because lord knows the “Jersey Turnpike” is already taken, and nearly undefeated.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Wonder how many of your downvoters realize that the mud used to rub down the baseballs specifically comes from the Delaware River?

  7. sdelmonte - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Why am I thinking of Norm Peterson right now?

    The good news is, the alcohol will kill anything living on that ball.

    • awesomenar - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Not with 4-6% abv in your average beer. Maybe if it were Jameson.

  8. royhobbs39 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Somebody over at is pretty clever. Check out the Youtube link linked in the article.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Craig, find the GIF!

    • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Ask and ye shall receive (scroll to the bottom of page):

      No spillage while catching. 10 for style and execution.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Well, he certainly has more grit than a D-backs fan. When Kozma hit that homer in AZ, they abandoned the beer. I DRINK YOUR GRIT!!!!

  10. historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I hope this becomes a baseball beer pong ad of some sort. I see your ping pong and raise it a dinger.

  11. chacochicken - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM


    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      1.000 – all uncaught foul balls, homers, or ground rule doubles.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Even better ad: Valdespin & Verlander are playing beer pong and decide to up the game. Cut to Verlander in the outfield stands and Valdespin hits a homer into Verlander’s beer. Then cut to Verlander on the mound and…HBPiD!!!!!!

  12. gerryb323 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    That warn’t no cheap swill nigh-ther! That’s some right good quality Seattle micro-brew!

  13. dparker713 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    An official MLB baseball retails for $14.99. I think you might need to revise the business plan.

  14. tmohr - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    If he was drinking Bud or Miller product, the baseball would be no worse than what is already in there.

  15. sportsdrenched - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    This Man get a Mancard Free Pass. Next time he does something that would normally result in a corner being cut off of his Mancard (lose all four corners your card is revoked), we’ll just let it slide.

  16. hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Love the quick thinking, knowing you finish that beer… This happened in Fenway a couple years ago. I think the guy drank the beer, not sure if he chugged/threw it on his face like this guy did.

  17. Dianne - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Hope it wasn’t a spitball. Ewww!

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