One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from back in my beer pong days of college. One late night, a fraternity brother got upset at me because I had let him become the default ping pong ball retriever after the opposing team’s shots.
During his rant, he said, “There’s no cool way to chase a ping pong ball,” and folks, that has stuck with me for over a decade now. My fraternity brother was spot on in his analysis, and I’ve never looked at a ping pong ball the same way.
Granted, I don’t know how he thought that was going to help his case. After that now obvious discovery, I was even less likely to want to retrieve rogue ping pong balls bouncing across the floor. But I do greatly appreciate his words of wisdom, as it still applies to this day.
And like a ping pong ball, there’s no cool way to chase a foul ball — especially after that foul ball just hit you in the throat. Apparently, someone didn’t tell this L.A. Angels fan at a game against the Royals on Thursday night.
Not only did this foul ball bounce and hit the fan in the jaw/throat, he then proceeded to bang his head against the table as he competed with another fan for the ball. Check it out.
Man tried to catch a baseball, missed and it bounced and hit him in the chin, then he hit his head on a table 😬 pic.twitter.com/d3bFGLcKvU
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) June 10, 2021
Lucky for him, he did come up with the ball — man, this story could’ve been so much worse had he failed after all that. With that being said, this guy just threw his eyes into the edge of a public table to make that happen, and he did it with the cameras rolling.
At least when I was chasing around ping pong balls, I did so in the privacy of my own fraternity’s basement. The party lights were on, so it was dark and the music was rolling. I was in a setting where making the attempt, while not ideal, was worth it — if I couldn’t convince my partner to get it for me.
Doing it in public with the chance of it being caught on camera? Yeah, no. But at least you now know why I won’t chase foul balls at baseball games. If I can’t catch it in my beer, I don’t want it.
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