The other big news Wednesday night from Safeco Field, besides the Houston Astros beating the Seattle Mariners 8-3 to win a three-game series, was this guy. Recently we've seen a man holding a child and catching a home run. We've also seen fans holding a beer in one hand and catching a ball with the other. Sometimes we've seen 'em lose the beer. We've even seen fans catch a ball with their cup of beer and drink the beer. It's happened at least three years in a row.
And yet, stylistically, the man who uses his cup of beer to catch a foul ball by Seattle's Justin Smoak and then chugs the beer like he's completing some sort of ballpark drinking game is in a league of his own. Mmm — barley, hops, cowhide. Am I tasting seams?
Here's an amusing animation of the guzzling, captured by Crawfish Boxes.
There was no baby to hold or shield, though. That's the Final Frontier of catching a foul ball: Doing it while holding a baby and a beer, and spilling neither. Perhaps, someday, this fan will return to Safeco Field with a family in tow and go where no fan has gone before.
The cackling you hear in the video is Seattle broadcaster Dave Sims cracking up.