November 27, 2007

The only foul ball I ever caught Every word of what you're about to read is true, no matter how ridiculous it sounds: In the summer of 2002, the Red Sox played the Braves [complete boxscore], and I flew back from San Francisco to catch the game. I brought 3 friends from Bain & Co, and it was their first time at the ball park. In the top of the 7th inning, Julio Franco came up to bat with no outs after Rafael Furcal's leadoff double. The Sox then replaced starter, Frank Castillo with relief pitcher, Rich Garces. This at-bat would be interesting enough, because Franco would go on to become the oldest player in baseball history, and Garces might well have been the most obese. It was at this moment that Franco fouled a ball into the stands, and one of my friends thought to ask me if I'd ever caught one. I was ashamed to say (and this is as close to verbatim as I can be 5.5 years later): "No, I've never caught a ball. I've been to more than 200 games in these exact seats, and dozens more in other seats, and I've never been closer than 5 feet to a ball. I'm getting to an age where, if I do catch one, I'll have to give it to a nearby kid, which will kill me. My life will be truly incomplete if never catch one of those things." Now, if there weren't witnesses, you wouldn't believe what I'm about to say, but there are people that can vouch for this: THE NEXT PITCH WAS HIT FOUL RIGHT NEAR ME! It gets better. The ball is a screamer flying right at the girl in the seat next to me. She wisely ducks out of the way, the ball hits the back of her seat, and starts to sail back over the rail and away from us. I reach over the rail and pick it out of the air. Now, I'm not only just happy about catching the ball, but I'm flabbergasted by the timing, and so is everyone that just heard what I had said. We all start jumping up and down, and screaming things like, "Are you kidding me?!?!?!" Here's the funny part: Because the Sox were playing the Braves, whose games are always on TBS, it was televised across the nation. I start to get phone calls and text messages from...


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