The new MLB season isn't even a week old — at least here in North America — which means it's very, very early. Most of the ballparks are still cold, wet, windy and all around uncomfortable places to spend three plus hours of your day.
But you want to know something? The fans are not only showing up this week, they're bringing it. It seems every day we've seen a wild catch or a terrific effort fall just short in the stands. Friday was no exception, and on this occasion we saw a Pittsburgh Pirates season ticket holder who literally had his hands full, make the best of his predicament with a quick reaction and an ultimate sacrifice... of his nearly full popcorn bucket.
He didn't have much time to think it through when Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals lofted a foul ball in his direction — not that he would have changed his mind — but with seemingly no hesitation or apprehension, he readied the bucket with two hands like a fundamentally sound outfielder readies his glove, moved into position, and with strong hands held on tightly as the ball settled in the bucket and popcorn flew in every direction.
Here's another look.
We've seen fans sacrifice popcorn, beer, significant others and even their own children, but few did it with more determination than this guy. That he held on and wore a little popcorn in the process only makes it better.
Hats off to you, Buccos fan. You've made a lasting impression.
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