During the Cards/Rockies game yesterday night a kid that couldn’t have been older than 8-9 managed to grab Brad Hawpe’s home run. Cards fans around — and nearly the whole stadium later — started yelling for the little boy to throw the ball back onto the field. Succumbing to the pressure applied by fellow Cards fans, the boy [smiling, I might add] walked over to the railing and dropped the ball back onto the field.
What are we? Cubs fans?
Cubs fans throw balls back into the ball parks, not Cardinals fans. There’s a distinct rule at Busch Stadium that goes a little something like this, folks:
Foul Balls/Home Runs
Guests are welcome to keep any foul ball or home run ball hit into the stands. At no time should a foul ball or home run ball be thrown back on the field.
I felt a little sickened that they pressured the little boy to throw the ball back into the park, seeing how happy he was to have caught a home run. However, not even an inning or two later there was a nice gesture made by a Cards fan who happened to catch Rick Ankiel’s hammer. He walked over to the little boy and gave him the ball. What a big consolation!
If we’re going to be labeled the “Best Fans in Baseball,” then act like it.
After all, I still thought it was a kid’s game.