If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times over the years: The surest way to stay safe and acquire a souvenir at a baseball game is to wear a glove.
It's just that easy. And yes, I realize wearing a glove means you'll catch a little flack from your friends and lose a few cool points in their eyes. But I'd rather lose a modicum of their respect than experience what happened to the unfortunate fan of the Philadelphia Phillies seated front row in the left field bleachers at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
He learned a lesson the hard way, because sometimes keeping your attention on the field and your eye on the ball isn't enough. Sometimes, a baseball has your name on it and will come at you looking to take a chunk of your hand or leave seam marks on your forehead. In this case, it looks like the seam marks will be on this gentleman's cheek, but it actually could have been a whole lot worse.
It happened in the top of the fifth inning when Nationals rookie Anthony Rendon hit the first of four home runs — Wilson Ramos immediately followed with a homer and then Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth went back-to-back in the sixth — off Cliff Lee in Washington's 5-1 victory. Rendon's homer was an absolute clothesline that did not waste any time in clearing the fence, and even though our fan was paying attention and was in position to make a play, he had no chance without a glove. Heck, he may not have had a chance even with a glove, but he certainly couldn't protect himself without one, and he wore that baseball good.
Here's another look courtesy of Nats Enquirer on Vine.
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As of post time we have not heard any word on a possible injury to the fan, so hopefully all he's dealing with when he wakes up on Thursday is a bruise. I also hope his misfortune encourages other fans to dust off their old mits and swallow some pride. It's OK to wear a glove, because the life you defend may well be your own.
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