If I had any kind of positive feelings towards the Yankees and Nick Swisher, I would probably put his walkoff home run against the Orioles up here. Instead, I wanted to highlight this home run by Oakland’s Coco Crisp and, more importantly, the crazy fan who tried to catch the ball. Watch the video replay all the way through, from start to finish.
The fan is pretty much all alone in the entire section of the ballpark, but feels the need to leap sideways off of his chair-back to try the snag (there is that one guy behind him, so maybe he thought if it went over his head, he’d have no chance). He misses the ball and winds up on his stomach. As he gets up to retrieve the ball, it rolls behind him and through the fence into the area below. Once he notices it, he tries to tell the cameraman to give it to him, but he’s not having any of that. The next we see the fan, he’s crawling back under the rails to his seat, ball in hand. Nice work, kid!
Except he places the ball down as he tries to get back to his feet and, what do you know, it rolls back through the fence. I didn’t watch any more, so I don’t know if he ended up with the ball. I’m going to guess yes. But the ordeal that he went through was just too much to pass up.
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There were a number of slow trots yesterday (including 25-second trots from Victor Martinez, Ryan Howard, and Nelson Cruz) and a second 26-second trot from Jose Molina, but Branyan comes out with the slowest, at 26.29 seconds. I asked this question on Twitter, but I’m not sure what the best answer is: who hits the ball harder than Russell Branyan? There aren’t many…
Not too many speedy trots yesterday, but, even so, Bourjos gets the title pretty deservedly. his 18.15 second trot was almost one-and-a-half full seconds faster than the next quickest (19.42 seconds from Seth Smith).