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‘Nice goin’, boyfriend’: Woman hit in face with home run at Chase Field while male companion jumps out of way

David Brown
Big League Stew

Heath Bell of the Arizona Diamondbacks gave up two home runs Tuesday night and nobody feels worse about it than Heath Bell. Except for the woman who was hit in the face with one of the home runs as her male companion — presumably her husband — cowered in fear and jumped out of the way.

That's right, we got another ducker.

In 2010, a woman's boyfriend infamously bailed as a foul ball came screaming at her. You remember Bo the Bailer! It would be nice if something like this happened only once every three years.

Pete Kozma of the St. Louis Cardinals went deep against Bell in the seventh inning, some 420 feet away in left-center at Chase Field in Phoenix. As the ball came in hot, a female fan — probably in her 20s — turned her head and covered up to protect herself as she sat in her seat. Meanwhile, the man seated next to her sprung up, pulled his arms close to his own body, gave a goofy expression and jumped out of the way as the ball hit his companion in the face. In the face!

As Cards' broadcaster Al Hrabosky put it:

"Nice goin', boyfriend."

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If you look closely at the video, they're both wearing wedding rings. Not sure if they're betrothed to each other — at all, or for much longer, after this. Patting her head like she was a puppy completes the living family photo, though. What a Melvin.

There are rules of etiquette about interacting with foul balls/home runs at ballparks. Protecting children and other significant family members comes first. Protecting your beer comes next. (Protecting your computer comes first in the press box.) Jumping out of the way, at all, is bad enough — an exception being with screaming foul balls. Usually, people at stadiums climb over each other for a baseball, and that's not good either. But thinking of yourself at the expense of others is a total George Costanza moment, and not something you ever live down. Nor should you.

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