As a Fan
Last night a man, a fan in the stands down the right field line, wearing a San Diego Padres hat made the perfect play on a foul ball off the bat of Aaron Cunningham in the ninth inning of a game against the Diamondbacks. The lazy foul ball hit by Cunningham, and pursued by superstar outfield Justin Upton, was aiming for the stands but found itself right about where the railing is when the man with the Padre hat reached out and snatches the ball right out of the glove of Upton. This, folks, is how you as a true fan play the foul territory. The best part then comes afterwards as the fan who looks back at a perplexed Upton points to his hat and defiantly takes his seat back down in the stands where he awaits his removal. But the staff at the stadium, possibly because of it being so late in the game, leave the man where he sits with his somewhat scarred and embarrassed looking female accompanier.
Sir, who ever you are, bravo! You played this ball perfectly, and who knows if the fates had intervened differently may have been the difference in the game. As it was the Padres lost 3-1, sending them to their third defeat in a row, and third game with their bats falling silent, after a five game winning streak.
Also remember, if you are on the other side then you should be clearing the way for the player. I cannot stress this enough, and it is not seen nearly enough, greedy people who want a $5 baseball like Steve Bartman are far too prevalent. I have always said you have to use like a police type tactic and clear people out of the way, the best thing about baseball is that the people in the stands truly are in play. Using this to an advantage can mean the game. Playing your part in the stands is part of your duty as a fan!