Fans rewrite foul ball etiquette at Wrigley Field

Blair Johnson
Yahoo Sports Minute

There's a history of interesting things happening on foul balls down base lines at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs host the Miami Marlins. Of course, you might remember a certain situation involving a man named Steve Bartman when the National League East franchise (then known as the Florida Marlins) faced the Cubs in the 2003 NLCS. The stakes weren't nearly as high Sunday. But the outcome was exceedingly more pleasant for all parties involved, although it may not have seemed it at first.

Let's set the scene. Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna fouled a ball into the stands down the first-base line during a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning.

I <i>almost</i> had it!
I almost had it!
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A fan — who we guess was rooting for the home team — fumbled the would-be souvenir away and it landed back on the field. Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz was kind enough to retrieve the ball and toss it back into the stands.

You want it more than I do.
You want it more than I do.

But a Marlins fan was on the receiving end. Here's where things got interesting. The Miami supporter gave the ball to the guy who dropped it!

Actually, the kid deserves it.
Actually, the kid deserves it.

And this is when it got downright heartwarming. The guy who dropped it then gave it to a young fan — who we suspect was the Marlins fan's son — to complete the episode. Talk about rewriting foul ball etiquette.

Staying cool

LeBron James bounced back from a Game 1 in which he departed early due to cramps with 35 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2 of the NBA Finals as the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 to even the series at a game apiece.

Now you tell me

Finally, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the L.A. Times that he never would have left USC if he had known the NCAA was going to impose heavy sanctions against the Trojan program.

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