Being a Miami Marlins fan doesn't have a whole lot of benefits these days, but it's undeniable that your chances to catch a souvenir at Marlins Ballpark are better than any other stadium outside of Florida. Hey, it's something, and for one young Marlins fan on Friday night, those increased odds worked in his favor as he snagged himself a foul ball off the bat of Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon.
I might add that this particular foul ball was smoked, too, as Blackmon got well out in front of Tom Koehler's 78 mph breaking ball. Sitting halfway down the first base line and about 15 rows up, our fan sat waiting with his glove. But as this liner approached, a pair of fans three rows ahead of him (the two rows in between were empty) both made reaching attempts that very likely shielded his view of the ball for just a split second. As a result, it appears the young fan may have turned his head as a natural reaction to protect himself, but thankfully he holds the glove in place, because the ball ended up hitting right in the pocket and he held on to claim what I imagine is his first game ball.
It's not easy to see this at full speed. If you look really closely at the slow motion replay though, it's pretty clear that his head is turned away and the glove is out in front of him.
I'm giving him credit for a no look catch, but even if he was looking at it all the way in it's a pretty sweet catch. When you add in the closing image of what the Marlins announcers speculate as three generations of baseball fans, the entire scene becomes that much sweeter. Nothing beats family time at the old ballpark.