CLEVELAND (TheBlaze/AP) — Some guys have all the luck, and a little skill, too.
One fan at Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field grabbed four foul balls, a once-in-several-lifetimes achievement.
Greg Van Niel, a season-ticket holder who wasn’t sitting in his usual seat, got the four souvenirs during the Indians’ 6-4 win.
“Three of them were catches and one was a ball I picked up off the ground,” Van Niel told the team. “The third one I think was the hardest one – I think I ended up sprawled across a few rows, and I got some cheese on myself. But the other ones were just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.”
Yeah, four times.
What are the odds? Well, according to the people at IdealseatMLB.com who ran the numbers for ESPN, it’s 1 in 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion):
Van Niel described one of his grabs, on a ball hit by Indians leadoff man Michael Bourn, as being highlight-reel worthy.
“Michael Bourn hit one that was off the facade, and that’s where I was in the cheese fries,” he said. “(That) one was crazy acrobatics. I was strewn across three rows, and I needed some assistance getting back.”
Van Niel posed for a picture for the Indians clutching three of the souvenirs in his right hand. He said he had never caught a foul ball before his amazing one-day haul.
There were 15,431 other fans at the Indians’ final game before the All-Star break, but it’s safe to bet none had a day quite like Van Niel.