TheBlaze’s Stu Burguiere returned from vacation Tuesday to explain why he reached into the field at a Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays game to catch a ball that was still in play, causing quite a controversy at the game.
“Look…” Burguiere began on Glenn Beck’s radio program. “When someone hits the ball to you, you catch it, and then you deal with these little details of ‘fan interference’ and such.”
“Stop for a second,” Beck said. “Did you lose the seat?”
“A man from the Bluejays organization did come to visit me,” Burguiere admitted. “It was about five or six minutes later, came down and first thing he said to me was, ‘You have the ball? Give me the ball.’ He took the ball and he’s like, ‘You cannot be in the field of play.’”
Burguiere said that at the time, he would have bet $10,000 that he was not in the field of play. Having seen the video, he now knows he “clearly was.” But he said that at the time, he was in “such a tunnel” that he had no idea he took a step forward or that a player was poised to catch it when he interfered.
Burguiere said the crowd was “very supportive,” and the man who came to visit him “softened” very quickly, returning him the ball and letting him keep his seat.
Burguiere added that his own experience seemingly vindicates Steve Bartman, whose life was turned upside down after he caught a ball during an MLB game between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins in 2003.
“Because in theory, if he touched the ball and interfered with it, they should have called fan interference, and he should have been out, which should have been recorded for Chicago. If they were consistent, that should have been out,” Burguiere said.
When Beck admitted that he was unfamiliar with the story, his co-host Pat Gray explained: “At a critical moment for the Cubs, this Steve Bartman interfered with the ball, and it cost them — theoretically — the Cubs fans believed them he cost them the title. And so it ruined this guy’s life.”
“So what are you going to do with the ball?” Beck asked Burguiere.
“I haven’t done it, and it’s a large project in my head, but I want to have it mounted with a picture of me looking like an idiot and give it to my son, because it’s ‘the catch’ now,” Burguiere said.
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