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Indians fan catches four foul balls in a game

Jul 15, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

I’ve been going to ballgames since the 1970s and outside of one low-A game where I collected a bunch off the ground behind the almost empty grandstand, I’ve never gotten a foul ball at a game. This dude got four yesterday:

Life is not fair. Never let anyone tell you that it is.

  1. spellingcops - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Sports center said the odds of catching 4 in 1 game were 1 in a trillion.

    • skids003 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      IF ESPN says it it must be true.

    • bravojawja - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Never tell me the odds!

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Too bad you can’t know beforehand these kinds of things. I would have spent all that luck on a lottery ticket! (This is a non-sensical comparison where people wish they could transfer luck in one area of life to another).

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        HBT means never having to explain a joke.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        You’re right historio, I’ll do better next time!

    • wlschneider09 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Faulty math. For that to be true, every one of the estimated 30,000 fans would have had to had an equal chance of catching a ball.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        But he caught FOUR. Which brings us to the 1 in a trillion.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Right, 1/30,000 to the power of four is one in a trillion. But for the math to be correct each and every member of the denominator has to have equal opportunity to catch every ball, which isn’t true. Those folks behind the screen, in those lovely expensive seats have near zero chance, as do the unfortunate souls in the nosebleed sections. There are definite sweet spots, where your odds are distinctly better. This guy was sitting in one of these sections. So the odds of catching four foul balls, while still amazingly low, are nowhere near as low as one in a trillion.

      • GoneYickitty - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        … and the math would still be wrong anyway. The math is based on all 30K people having the same chance of catching each ball AND there only being 4 foul balls total.

        They need to start teaching math again.

      • natsattack - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        And the assumption for 4 catches with 1 in 30,000 odds is that there were exactly 4 foul balls that game.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Actually, I made a mistake there. ESPN used this formula:

        (30 balls per game reach the stands/30,000 estimated attendees)^4 = 1/1,000,000,000,000

        The first part of the equation represents the probability of an individual fan catching a ball. The power of 4 represents the probability of the same event occurring 4 times. ESPN’s mistake wasn’t in the math, it was in the assumptions about the probability of the event occurring.

        Note to self: read first, then make a fool of yourself.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I went to Junior High with a guy who insisted he caught 3 in a game (he did have a front row seat down the right field line), but the whole story sounded like Brian Johnsons Canadian girlfreind – including lack of proof.

    But this guy….this guy….wow!

  3. styx630 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    In my head, I’m picturing this guy bowling over children and serious citizens.

    • larrymahnken - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Well, the serious citizens should relax. They’re at a baseball game.

  4. @Cereal_22 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Cleveland has a season ticket holder?

  5. innout10 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    After 1 or 2 give them to a kid

    • albertmn - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      He gave one each to the three kids with him, and tossed the last one back into the crowd as soon as he caught it.

  6. thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    I’ve never understood the attraction of foul balls to adults. I can see where someone would want to get a home run, or rather a meaningful home run. But what are you going to do with a foul ball? Give it to a kid.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Screw those kids. Life isn’t fair. I’ve never caught a ball at a game and if I ever do I’m keeping it for myself. At the very least I’m keeping it to give to one of my nieces and not some strangers kd who’s crying because he didn’t get what he wanted.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        The “screw those kids” part was a little strong, bit the rest of the message rings true.

      • geoknows - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Me too. When I was a kid, nobody ever gave ME a ball when I was at a game, and I would love to have one.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        What 54 said!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      You don’t understand? It’s most likely a once in a lifetime event. I go to several games a year. I have since I was 10 (31 years ago). I came close ONE TIME.
      My non-athletic dork of a buddy saw to it that I wouldn’t get to the one that was even close.
      To this day…I still bust his balls about it. So yeah…hugely important to me.
      Should I ever be fortunate enough to catch one…
      I plan to ask the player who hit to autograph it for me.
      It would make for a nice addition to my memorabilia collection.
      Not to mention one hell of a lifelong memory.

  7. tbmoore13 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    How hard can it be when you have to fend off 13 other fans in the entire stadium.

    • Detroit Michael - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Judging from the photo, he’s sitting in an area where most but not all of the seats were filled.

    • cleverushfan1 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Yeah, attendance has been pretty pathetic dead last in the majors last i checked.
      Think a lot of that is due to last two seasons Indians have started strong and after the all star break collapsed. Many Tribe fans using a wait and see attitude if they will remain competitive and stay in wildcard/ Central division race. If Indians continue to stay in it going into August Progressive will fill. Tiger’s haven’t been playing there best and losing series lately, Cleveland is still remaining in striking distance. I remember in the 90’s Tiger stadium use to have more Indians fans then Detroit fans, same with Toronto. Of course Tigers are premiere team to beat now noticed large amount of Detroit fans taking the road trip to Cleveland.

      • Jason Lukehart - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        The Indians are 27th of 30 in attendance right now, not QUITE as bad as you thought.

      • cleverushfan1 - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Well, that’s encouraging Jason.. lol
        And like i said if the Tribe is STILL winning regularly deep into August the crowds will return. btw been to three games this year.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Grown man brings glove to MLB game…doesn’t get made fun of by HTB…story at 11:00.

  9. tackleberries - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Saw it on TV. Looked like he was giving them to (younger) family members then it looked like he gave away the fourth to other people.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Dude’s livin’ right! Un-real.

  11. El Bravo - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM


    • jimeejohnson - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      NY Post is a rag, but a good rag!

      • El Bravo - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        I dunno…the Post did a stellar job reporting on the Boston bombings…pretty upstanding and respectable news organization for sure 😉

  12. albertmn - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Funny thing is that while a season ticket holder, he wasn’t actually in his regular seats because they had a larger group of people. So, he was actually a section over from his normal seats for just this one game. Guess he picked the right game.

  13. jimeejohnson - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Better to be a chick magnet!

  14. jimeejohnson - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    You know you’re an old fart when the joy that goes with snaring a foul ball is lost. I dare say most, if not all, of us are big kids! Our love for baseball keeps us young even if we have to go easy on the hot sauce.

  15. missingdiz - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I caught one major-league foul ball. I lucked out so much I don’t even think about another one coming my way. It was 1990 on my birthday. I was watching my favorite pitcher, Dave Stewart, and he won the game, which was his 20th of the year. It was also the day I filed my Ph.D. dissertation after about half a lifetime’s work. I didn’t catch it directly from the batter, Gary Gaetti. A bunch of guys all jumped into each other trying to get it and it just plopped into my hands. People booed because I didn’t jump up and down and mug for the camera. But I was in shock. I didn’t give it to a kid. I was the kid.

  16. Phil - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    I don’t think it is that hard if you go to games regularly and don’t have near capacity crowds. I got 3 in one game one night at Ranger games back in the old days. 2 were in the bleachers during batting practice and the 3rd was a HR ball on the front row of the bleachers. Over the years I’ve probably gotten a half dozen HR balls, maybe 3 or 4 foul balls and probably 15 or so batting practice HR’s. If you get Ranger games on TV, check out the kid in the red jersey in straight away CF who is always the first one to get to a ball in the grass. When he started out doing this, he was a little kid about 10 years old. Now he’s a big hulk but he’s still grabbing HR’s. All the opponents’s balls get thrown back though. He can throw it all the way to the infield from the grass in CF. Big kid who’s apparently a good player as well.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Batting practice doesn’t count in my book. Way to easy. I have a buddy who is a Reds season ticket holder and the dude has more BP balls than he has room to store them.

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