There are advantages and disadvantages to having seats right behind the dugout.
On one hand, it increases the odds of catching a foul ball or having a player or coach toss a souvenir in your direction, especially if you bring the kids along. On the other hand, if you do bring the kids along and they end up with a souvenir, they may be more tempted to play catch with the people they see on TV.
According to Cut 4, that's what happened to Jason Tighe of Russellville, Mo during Saturday night's game in St. Louis. During the first inning, San Diego's Seth Smith hit a pop foul behind the third base dugout that Tighe snagged with his glove. Tighe quickly and excitedly handed the ball to his young son, Noah, and Noah's first thought was to throw the ball to the closest man in uniform.
So he did. And rather impressively, too. His throw cleared the dugout and ended up back on the field near Padres third-base coach Glenn Hoffman.
Being the nice guy that he is, Hoffman scooped up the ball and spotted Tighe's family, so he tossed it back. Only this time dad held it for safe keeping until they were outside Busch Stadium.
Here's Noah's side of the story.
Noah doesn't know what the big deal is, and we can't really blame him for that. Kids like to throw things, so when you hand them something meant to be thrown, this is often your result. It's a trend that will never go out of style.
But all's well that ends well in this story. Noah still got a souvenir, and now he can technically say that he's played catch with a major league coach.
Not a bad day at the ballpark.
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