In case you missed it, the Boston Red Sox got steamrolled last night thanks to another sub-par performance from last year's AL Cy Young winner, Rick Porcello. But I'm not going to lose my mind over Rick Porcello right now (that article will probably come at the end of this week).
I'm going to lose my mind about this:
No one told this little Red Sox fan that snitches get stitches... pic.twitter.com/Wp8YThAxBE-- 120 Sports (@120Sports) June 18, 2017
Awwww, how cute. That's adorable. How funny!
Normally, I'm all for kids doing funny things at sporting events. I've seen the fist-bump kid video probably 20 times. I can't get enough of this young Blue Jays fan making a fool of himself during Saturday's Blue Jays game. To this day, this video of a kid dancing at a Piston's game still cracks me up.
Generally, I agree: kid plus sports equals cute. But not this kid. That kid caused a man to lose his seat at a baseball game, a seat that he was able to sit of because he had a ticket that entitled him to sit in that seat, and he probably paid a lot of money for said ticket.
That kid robbed a hardworking man of his joy (and his money), and THAT ISN'T FUNNY. But my beef isn't with that small child. It's with the MLB. Should the MLB eject fans for interfering with live balls?
My heart says no. At least, not if the interference has no effect on the play as a whole.
First things first, baseball fans pay a ton of money for tickets, not to mention how much they spend on food, parking, gas, beer, beer, and beer.
Going to a baseball game isn't an event anymore: it's an investment.
Furthermore, I know what it's like to desperately want to walk away from a baseball game with a game ball. Trust me: I once snatched away a foul ball from a group of small children at a New Jersey Jackals game. When you're at a game and a baseball's coming your way, it takes every ounce of your willpower to not reach out and grab it, even if it means encroaching into the field of play, or in my case, stiff-arming a group of nine-year-olds in front of an ice cream stand at Yogi Berra Stadium.
Doing everything in your power to get your hands on a game-used baseball is the mark of a true fan. And like I said, if the fan's interference doesn't even change the outcome of the play (such as the case with Springer's double on Saturday night), then why send the fan packing?
So again, my heart says let the fans interfere!
But my mind says everybody who interferes with a live baseball should get kicked out. And I'm going with my mind on this one.
That's because if we don't kick out everybody who interferes with a live baseball, then we have to leave it up to the umpires.
If you don't understand why that's such a horrific, apocalyptic idea, just watch this video from this Yankees-Red Sox game a few weeks ago. A fan literally reaches over the wall in left field and knocks a live baseball into Mookie Betts' glove, turning a probable home run into an inning-end catch. And the umpires wouldn't review it.
Can we really trust an umpire's judgment if he thinks that play (A) is ejection-worthy while play (B) is harmless? Honestly, can we really trust an umpire's judgment with anything?
The short answer is no. And the long answer... is no. Give the umpires as little power as possible. Kick out anyone who interferes.
And ground that kid!