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SilentJames

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I love how 99% of the comments are just ripping that guy (and his friend) a new one.

I think that is my favorite part. This dude posted this trying to start stuff. He wanted to show how "wronged" he was and how surly Jones was. He wasn't counting on virtually everyone siding with Jones.

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The ones I hate more are the "fans" who interfere with plays near the stands, like on that foul pop in the second row that the idiot knocked away from Manny. It didn't end up costing us, but that was a crucial juncture in the game, and it could have.

When you do this, you're hurting the team you profess to care about.

HELP INSTEAD, if you're in the first two rows:

1) Realize that it's only a baseball. You're not a kid, and the results of the game are more important than a trophy. You can pick one of these up at sporting goods stores everywhere. Trust me.

2) Early on, know who's sitting around you. Who's likely to interfere with a play in your area... an opposing fan? Maybe someone who just comes off as the type that will get in the way, to go after the ball, like our friend yesterday? Know your likely suspects, and plan how you will act to screen them away from the baseball if the play comes to you.

3) Showtime, and a foul pop looks like it is going to land on your head. You see the home fielder on his way over. As a one-two move, look for your suspects to go after the ball, and make your move to screen them off of the play. Then help your fielder... "RIGHT HERE!" and continue to try to keep the area clear for him. If no one else is trying to get the baseball and you are the one potentially in the way, try to move out of the way.

There. Better than obnoxiously deflecting the baseball and potentially costing your team the game, isn't it?

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The ones I hate more are the "fans" who interfere with plays near the stands, like on that foul pop in the second row that the idiot knocked away from Manny. It didn't end up costing us, but that was a crucial juncture in the game, and it could have.

When you do this, you're hurting the team you profess to care about.

HELP INSTEAD, if you're in the first two rows:

1) Realize that it's only a baseball. You're not a kid, and the results of the game are more important than a trophy. You can pick one of these up at sporting goods stores everywhere. Trust me.

2) Early on, know who's sitting around you. Who's likely to interfere with a play in your area... an opposing fan? Maybe someone who just comes off as the type that will get in the way, to go after the ball, like our friend yesterday? Know your likely suspects, and plan how you will act to screen them away from the baseball if the play comes to you.

3) Showtime, and a foul pop looks like it is going to land on your head. You see the home fielder on his way over. As a one-two move, look for your suspects to go after the ball, and make your move to screen them off of the play. Then help your fielder... "RIGHT HERE!" and continue to try to keep the area clear for him. If no one else is trying to get the baseball and you are the one potentially in the way, try to move out of the way.

There. Better than obnoxiously deflecting the baseball and potentially costing your team the game, isn't it?

Pretty much spot on.

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Ballhawkers, annoying child-people; or the worst? Discuss.

Personally I think the second you bring a homemade device to a game for the specific purpose to extort swag from the team - you are pretty much an awful annoying person.

The worst.
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They try to make Adam look bad. I don't blame Adam, these guys are little boys. I can't believe they act this way, my how times have changed.

I'm glad I grew up when I did. To get an autograph, you would just send a letter to the player, no address needed, just in C/O the "team name". More often than not, you'd get an autographed postcard back. Meeting players was no huge deal, they didn't make a lot of money. I used to talk to Curt Motton a lot, I always did like him. I think F Robinson made 66k, which was not much then (considering what they make today). The minimum was less than what my dad made.

One of the Os pitchers (Phoebus) had a son in my class and one of the Colts O-lineman (Fred Miller) went to my church.

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I've never run into these folks at a game, so I'd have to say there are a few other classes of folks at the game that have annoyed me significantly more.

Watching grown men run after foul balls and home runs is awfully entertaining, though.

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