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I've been going to White Sox games regularly since 1982.  I've never caught a foul ball.  Any baseball fan would love to catch one.  I'm not talking about a batting practice ball or a ball thrown to you by a player.  I'm taking about a ball that was last touched by the bat and then ends up in your hands.  About five years ago, I went to a game by myself.  I was sitting in the right field corner of the lower deck.  A baseball came in my direction but a guy much taller than me was able to grab it. Years before that incident, a foul ball literally landed in my friend, Larry's lap.  We were sitting in the upper deck on the third base side and Don Mattingly of the Yankees hit the ball.  I was happy Larry got that ball because he's a huge Yankee fan. Since then I've been waiting and waiting and waiting.  A little over a week ago, I was back at a Sox game with Lindsay, her good friend Annalisa and her husband, Geoff.  The girls decided to get snacks so Geoff and I were sitting watching the game.  We had good seats and we were in prime foul ball territory.   It was White Sox verses Cubs and it was a beautiful day.  Geoff and I were having a great time.  He's a big Cub fan so it was fun to heckle each other.   For some reason, I decide to check my cell phone.  I don't know why, but as I did a foul ball was hit into the upper deck right above us.  I've been to enough games to know that a ball in the upper deck can bounce to the lower deck.  That's exactly what happened.  I was ready.  Sort of.  I still had the phone in my hand as the ball came down in the row right behind me.  The guy in that row didn't catch it and we both dropped to the ground trying to get the ball.  I was trying to get it with my one free hand, but suddenly the ball disappeared.  It had rolled between my legs and was on the ground behind me.  Yes, Geoff grabbed the ball.  He did offer it to me, but I couldn't take it.  The only way I would have taken the ball from him was if I was about six years old and he was my dad.  Otherwise, it's not cool.  He got the ball.  End of story.

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07/06/2010 8:58AM
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07/06/2010 9:46AM
Jill (as in the Jill you and Kitty sent to the wrong Panera last year!)
I can completely relate to this!!! I have been to numerous games also (and in good foul ball territory) - to where I know it's Murphy's Law that the foul ball will come my way the moment I am distracted, such as helping pass the hotdog and cash down fromthe vender to my seat-buddy. Grr.
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