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Did This Fan Really Catch a Foul Ball in His Beer?

Did This Fan Really Catch a Foul Ball in His Beer?

During a game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres Tuesday night, right fielder Will Venable hit a foul ball into the bleachers and, apparently, right into a Padres fan’s beer.

The happy fan celebrated his lucky catch by drinking his beer with the ball still in the cup (which, although kinda' gross, is definitely something we would do).

Watch the catch-n’-chug (via MLB):

Although we don't want to rain on this fan’s parade, we can't help but point out that after watching the clip over and over, we can’t tell if the ball actually landed in his cup.

Judging by the crowd's reaction, we'll go ahead and assume it's authentic.

The only thing we can tell from this camera angle is that we have no idea what’s going on.

Play-by-play men Dick Enberg and Mark Grant were convinced of the fan's good luck and they gave him high marks for the chugathon.

And you know what? It turns out that even with a poor start to their season, some Padres fans are still having a good time on account of the occasional foul ball. Take, for instance, this broken-armed Padres fan who performs a beautiful one-armed catch (via MLB):

But let’s go back to the first clip. Let's assume the ball landed in the fan’s cup. If you thought that was cool, then you'll dig this:

Or this:

The "foul ball moment” really is one of those things that makes baseball especially exciting. Think about it: what other major league sport transforms spectators into participants by demanding they make a split-second decision, the result of which may earn the approval or scorn of an entire stadium?

You can be a hero:

Or you can be a villain:

Whoa. That is one unhappy mother. Heck, you can even be like this couple The Blaze wrote about earlier:

Or you can be like this dad who dropped his daughter:

Or you can be an endless source of amusement:

The outcome to having a foul ball come your way really depends on how you react to sudden and surprising situations: you can either prove to the world that catching a ball with a broken arm is no big deal or you can spend the rest of your evening explaining to your wife why you dropped the baby.

Either way, the whole thing is pretty exciting.

(H/T: Deadspin)

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