If you’re thinking about bringing a beach ball to a future Padres game at Petco Park, you’d better check ahead to make sure the security guard in the video above has the night off.
Needless to say, he’s not a fan of such objects flying around the stands, and once he wrestles it away from you, he’ll show it no mercy and destroy it without hesitation right before your eyes.
Just take a look at what he did to that poor defenseless beach ball that fell from the stands during the Padres 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Letting the air out manually certainly would have sufficed under the circumstances. A simple puncture wound sends the desired message as well, but that wasn't enough to satisfy him. He had to stab it a second time and then a third time before callously ripping it open to allow the last little bit of air to escape.
As D-Backs play-by-play man Steve Berthiaume described it, it was definitely cold-blooded and perhaps even excessive, but there are also those who would say it met the end it deserved. Of course I'm talking about the people who actually come to the park to watch the game and don't need any manufactured entertainment from a beach ball or 'The Wave."
I would guess many of you reading fall under the latter category, as do I, obviously. But I have to admit I feel kind of bad that the beach ball in question ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time and met such a violent and decisive end. It looked like it had plenty of good hits left in it.