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Watch: Elderly fan at Wrigley Field makes the catch of the night

Aug 11, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

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The best catch tonight wasn’t by a player, but by an elderly gentleman at Wrigley Field.

In the bottom of the second inning, Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds took Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta deep to the left field. The ball appeared destined to land on the street beyond the bleachers, but the fan stepped on his seat to make a stretching catch. He was leaning right on the railing of the back row, so it actually makes me a little nervous to watch it, but I encourage you to check it out:

The icing on the cake here? The fan kept the ball he caught and threw an older one back on the field. He’s pretty much the coolest.

  1. dprat - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Being a southpaw is the icing on the cake.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      I was going to say basically the same thing.

  2. norvturnersneck - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    The old switcheroo was pretty money. Yeah, I threw it back. Not!

    Reminds me of when I saw Eddie Murray hit 400-something there and a fan held onto it for dear life as they left the stands with heckling, raucous fans. Should’ve learned from this guy.

    • clydeserra - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      I think that is SOP for bleacher regulars.

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    You still got it, Pops!

  4. rickrenteria - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    We call those people ‘ball switchers’ and they’re generally shunned in the Wrigley Bleachers. Why would you care if you get a Mark Reynolds HR ball? Throw the real ball back or just take your boos from the crowd and sit down. It was a great catch, though.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      You knew “that guy” was bound to show up. Yes, it’s clear from the video how badly he was shunned. Why would you care if he wants a Mark Reynolds home run ball? Get over yourself.

    • chiadam - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Yep, I knew this was coming. Wrigley is full of Brian McCanns, whose mission in life is to pass along the rules of Wrigley to everyone sitting within range of their voice. This person also loves to tell everyone how long they’ve been a season ticket holder, and is usually wearing a “No Wave” tee shirt.

      Yes, everyone in the section generally hates this person.

      • yahmule - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        “Wrigley is full of Brian McCanns” is my favorite post of the day.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Cubs lost too. It was the old dude’s fault for not throwing back the real ball. They were only down 1-0 at that point, and tied it up in the fifth. The baseball gods don’t forgive things like that.

    • The Almighty Cabbage - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      Good old Wrigley… the only place on Earth where one can be chastised for their behavior by drunks that routinely body-surf in the urine troughs.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      You aren’t being truthful Rick. Throwing another ball back is standard operating procedures.
      It’s been happening since you guys last won the World Series. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it either. In fact, it is absolutely the way it should be handled. As for the Mark Reynolds ball?
      I am guessing a person would want it because catching a ball that was hit by a Major League Baseball player is a very rare occurrence. Just a hunch though.

    • shaggytoodle - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      It was obvious he wanted that ball really bad with all that effort.

      If he didn’t, all he had to do was turn around and watch it land in the street behind him.

  5. doctortyler - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Too bad he’s so young. The Phillies could really use someone like him.

  6. drewzducks - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Better technique than Puig.

    • ch0psuey - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:42 AM


  7. hojo20 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    The woman in the Direct TV ad has a mouth that reminds me of Mr. Ed.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      My favorite part is how the ad is roughly the same length as the video. I rate it: Not worth it.

  8. ch0psuey - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Gentleman pretty much owned that play.

  9. baseballlifestyle101 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Reblogged this on Baseball Lifestyle101.

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