This is brutal. Sometimes fair balls can look like they’re foul, and sometimes they get scooped up by fans. Sometimes the offending fan doesn’t think that they did anything wrong. Not the case last night at ATT&T Park. Check it out.
Okay so this is a good news/bad news sort of situation for our guy here. Granted, the good news isn’t exactly good news, more of “reasons it could have been worse,” but lets break down the ups and downs from the above video. As always, you want the bad news first.
Bad: The Giants broadcast spent the delay caused by the replay not just showing, but breaking down and replaying your ashamed exit from AT&T Park. Live look in at the broadcast team while the review was going down:
Good: The Sharks and the Warriors both had home playoff games last night. There were like 25 people watching that game. It was on CSN+, a channel that isn’t even on the air like 300 days a year. You have 40,000 potential viewers in other stadiums, and anyone who cares about Bay Area Sports was watching one of the playoff games. I decided to flip to baseball at intermission (more good news: this didn’t happen at intermission!), and it took me like 5 minutes to
Bad: MLB.com posted the whole thing and some blogs picked it up so about that whole ‘nobody saw it’ thing…
Good: Anonymous internet comment sections are usually pretty sympathetic, right?
Bad: May as well state the obvious. Yep. You grabbed a fair ball. You were forced to leave in the bottom of the 7th.
Good: The Giants blew the game. You were spared watching the D Backs come back.
Bad: Your girl clearly hates you at that point. She covers here head and is too embarrassed to be seen with when leaving the park. Not going to be fun to deal with.
Good: She’s wearing a Tim Lincucum jersey, sitting front row and immediately knew what happened. That girl is a big Giants fan. Don’t tell her it’s only April. She would have been miserable because the Giants blew the game anyways. At least this is one that you control.
Bad: You made it so that thousands of fans and two major league baseball teams had to sit around for 5 minutes to figure out what would have happened if you didn’t decide that you were the 4th outfielder for the Diamondbacks.
Good: Crawford was still awarded the double and it isn’t like momentum shifted after that play and….uh, oh. Yeah. I guess never mind.
Bad: This, most likely, is it. Your 15 minutes of internet ‘fame.’ You grabbed a ball that was fair by 18 feet and got made fun of (although also got some sympathy) on the internet. Probably not the legacy you wanted to leave.
Good: You were sitting in the front row of a Major League Baseball game in the second most expensive city in the country. I think you’ll survive.