Anyone who is a baseball fan has dreamed of the moment when you are positioned in the exact right place to catch a home run ball. The odds are unlikely, but the desire high.
That dream, however, became a reality for one woman during the Tigers-Red Sox playoff game on Sunday night. But the dream quickly became a nightmare when a man behind her decided to take it away. And what he did after got him kicked out of the game.
See, the game was in Boston and the home run was actually hit by a Tigers player. There’s a budding tradition in baseball that if an opposing teams hits a home run and a home fan catches the ball, it’s the ultimate act of fandom to throw the ball back onto the field. And it appears the man at the center of Sunday’s controversy was so desperate to do just that, he was willing to actually pry the ball out of someone’s hands to make it happen.
“That’s my baseball!” the woman appears to be mouthing while the man rips it from her hands, which Deadspin suggests could mean the two don’t know each other.
According to Yahoo, the man was making off-handed comments during the game, including racist ones.
“He was talking all game,” 25-year-old Angelo Sikoutris, who says he was on the receiving end of the man’s insults, told Yahoo Sports.
The comments included the man calling Sikoutris “Prince Fielder’s crackhead brother,” a “Go back to the ghetto,” and even a “Bye, Travon” directed at Sikoutris after the man was eventually kicked out of the stadium for throwing the ball on the field.
And that’s unfortunate on many levels: Boston eventually came back to win the game in dramatic fashion.