May 05, 2010

Don't Throw It Back

There's been another outrage at Citizen's Bank Park.

No, I'm not talking about the taser guy, although I love that we have to have this are-Philly-fans-jerks-or-does-the-media-overreact debate every week- the fact that something happens every week to cause it says something. Such as, say, another guy running out on the field the next night.

Anyway, here's a video of a fan at Citizen's Bank Park catching an opposing team's home run ball, and then motioning his young daughter's arm to throw it on the field.

This is really terrible, and not in an oh-those-Philly-fans sense. Throwing an opposing home run ball back is one of the worst fan traditions in sports- on top of being bad sportsmanship and reeking of sore-loserdom, it's a waste of a perfectly good souvenir. Catching a ball at a game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, especially kids. Why not just keep it? It's not like throwing the ball back makes it not count.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 5, 2010 02:14 AM
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