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Tyler Moore hits unlucky fan with homer

May 5, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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Tyler Moore blasted a three-run home run to left field in the eighth inning of today’s series finale in Pittsburgh. The homer gave his team a 6-2 lead. As the ball descended beyond the left field fence, a fan got up and turned his back to the action. The ball struck him in the back, fortunately hitting some meat and leaving the fan otherwise unscathed.


Though the fan can be called unlucky, he is no Alice Roth and Tyler Moore is no Richie Ashburn. From Wikipedia:

During an August 17, 1957, game, Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck spectator Alice Roth, wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor, Earl Roth, breaking her nose. When play resumed Ashburn fouled off another ball that struck her while she was being carried off in a stretcher. Ashburn and Ms. Roth maintained a friendship for many years, and the Roth’s son later served as a Phillies batboy.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - May 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Never get involved in a land war in Asia, and always keep your eye on the ball.

  2. Stiller43 - May 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I hope whoever grabbed the ball off the bounce gave it to the guy. I think he earned it.

    • db105 - May 6, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      He “earned it?”

  3. esracerx46 - May 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Wikipedia as a source? Really?

    • cktai - May 6, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      It’s a blog post. What did you expect?

  4. frank433 - May 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Not as bad as the guy Prince Fielder knocked down with a home run earlier this year.

  5. tfbuckfutter - May 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Saw the headline and immediately thought of the Ashburn story…..

    Although I’m pretty sure I read it for the first time in a Maxim article and it referred to the fan as “a resilient old bag.”

    Could be worse though….I remember reading that Steve Dalkowski once hit Bob Lemon with a wild pitch….while Lemon was standing on line at a concession stand.

    It’s kind of bitter sweet that now everything is recorded so we don’t have these crazy stories to pass along anymore. Just fire up YouTube and show your kids the ball bouncing off Jose Canseco’s stupid head. It’s not as good as the legend of it.

  6. historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Whew. No beer was threatened nor injured in this incident. Sleep well, America. (and near-America)

  7. The Fucking Writer - May 6, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Blubber. Not meat.

    • baseballisboring - May 6, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      Not necessary

    • blackandbluedivision - May 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      You couldn’t MISS meat with that guy.

  8. baseballisboring - May 6, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    I honestly can’t believe more fans don’t get injured at baseball games. Just think of all the screaming line drives that get fouled down the 3rd/1st base lines…it seems impossible that more people don’t get hit, or seriously, even killed by them. Solid proof that god loves baseball above all other sports, IMO.

    • blackandbluedivision - May 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Well when you’re WATCHING the game, you learn to avoid those kinds of balls.

  9. indaburg - May 6, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Some fans are under the mistaken belief that if they’re sitting far enough from home plate, they’re safe from getting hit from a baseball. The only place that you’re safe is behind the netting right behind home plate, and the restroom. And even then. Have you seen those Tigers hit?

  10. lucien7116 - May 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    The ballpark announces to always pay attention and to wait until between batters (or at least pitches) to get up and move around and bother others. The only safe place is in front of the TV.

    Bill, you couldn’t use a photo from this year? Tyler Moore is #12.

    I like the lower right corner of the video, the guy in the black shirt and his buddy with arm tattoo…looking like tough guys and the ball’s not even close. Funny stuff. Haha.

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