I hope that somehow these pictures are saved throughout time so that future generations of further evolved man can look at them and feel shame for their species’ past the same way that we do when we think of the barbarism that exists in our not too distant past.

First of all, I’ll never be able to wrap my head around seeking out baseballs and losing your goof when you catch one at a baseball game. This should be one aspect of the game that is for kids and kids alone. If an adult is making any effort whatsoever to get a ball, it should be for the benefit of a child. The fact that this guy is risking his life, literally risking his life, to catch a ball at an event where balls are being fired into the audience at a rate immeasurably higher than a regular game, means that it should be that less impressive when you come up with one.

Secondly, that this idiot’s actions come less than a week after a man lost his life trying to grab a ball for his child, makes him eligible for immediate castration. This man’s actions are a slap in the face to that man’s memory, trivializing his death and making it count for little by blatantly learning nothing from it. The entire world should congregate and put an end to the seed that would produce a mind that justifies the behaviour on display here.

This makes me feel ill.

Update: HardBall Talk has a quote from Keith Carmickle, the man pictured above:

We caught three balls and I told the guys I was going to go for the cycle. Dude, they were really holding onto me.

I was just made to feel more ill.

And The Rest

Robinson Cano won the Home Run Derby last night with his dad pitching to him. Most of the event was a waste of time, but it was a legitimately nice moment to see them embrace after his victory. It made me think about the usefulness of sports on a broader scale, and if they can make parents and children closer, they’re a totally worthwhile endeavour.

There were only two other amusing things that happened during the home run derby.

Scoring in baseball is the lowest it’s been in two decades.

No good deed goes untaxed: don’t ever give Derek Jeter anything.

Mail delivery from Canada getting delayed? I can’t imagine such a thing.

Our friends and Getting Blanked contributors from The Platoon Advantage figure that 12.3% of league regulars were named All-Stars this year, but how does that compare to past seasons?

Television ratings are topsy turvy across the league. Some are up, some are down.

Who doesn’t want to remember the worst All-Stars of the Century so far?

A.J. Daulerio of Deadspin took acid and tried to recreate Doc Ellis’ no hitter on an X-Box.

Leave Petco Field alone!!! It’s easy to say when you don’t have to hit there anymore.

Brian Wilson’s warlock senses tell him that the Giants and Red Sox will meet in the World Series.

Is there a home field advantage on balls and strikes calls?

What exactly was Curt Flood’s contribution to the way baseball is run?

Colby Rasmus will be working with his dad over the All-Star break to get out of his slump. In this case though I’m not so certain father knows best.

Baseball Think Factory reminds of a certain anniversary:

Comments (13)

  1. I’m sure Rauch doesn’t buy the home field advantage argument on balls and strikes.

  2. I’m just referring to just that time against Philly.

    What I’d be more interested in a similar analysis is the notion of umpires possibly favouring Yankees and/or Red Sox players both home and away.

    • It would be interesting. Check Beyond The Box Score’s archives they might have put a heat map together on that subject. I remember they did one for individual pitchers and Mariano Rivera’s strike zone is larger than anyone else’s.

  3. “We caught three balls and I told the guys I was going to go for the cycle. Dude, they were really holding onto me.”

    Interesting quote. Last I checked four balls is a walk, not the cycle.

  4. You know, the guy who was killed in Texas was an idiot for jumping, too. Nobody wants to say that though. But it’s the truth. He died doing something absolutely stupid and needless.

    • No question. It wasn’t smart. But it pales in comparison to this guy standing on a table less than a week after the incident should’ve made everyone more aware of the possibility.

  5. I think the best part of this photo is of the guy who had time to pull out the camera and take the pictures. Evolutions…

  6. I don’t get it. The dude falling into the pool catching the home run ball is amusing, but the other dude who almost fell to his death is an idiot? I think you should update the prior post to say only one (marginally) interesting thing happened during the derby, and move the link to the pool-falling guy to this post.

    Although there was a sorta-fight between a couple of girls for a short fly ball to right. That was marginally interesting.

  7. You make me feel ill, Parkes, you sanctimonious twat.

  8. @bluejaysfan2011 – the pictures were taken by a photojournalist with the Arizona Republic. I’m pretty sure they already had their camera ready before it happened.

  9. I feel worse about his shorts than anything else. Plaid cargos? Unbelievable!

  10. Wow, five hours of trying for that no-hitter. I remember trying to play MLB2K7 on acid, I lasted about three minutes.

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