Would you throw back a visiting team's World Series home run ball?
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Would you throw back a visiting team's World Series home run ball?

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Nabbing a home-run ball in the World Series is the catch of a lifetime, but there are mixed feelings when it comes to keeping a home run ball that was hit by another team. Some believe throwing a opponents home run ball back on the field is the sign of a real fan who supports their team over a souvenir. However, catching a game ball during a World Series is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement that is too valuable to toss back. What do you think? ⚾

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After Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig belted a home run in extra innings, an Astros fan threw the ball back onto the field in a tradition that has been part of baseball for a while. Many commended the fan for being a true supporter while others lamented him for throwing a once-in-a-lifetime souvenir away. What would you do?

When an opposing team hits a home run, that means your team failed an at-bat. As a fan, keeping that home run is an implicit celebration of something that hurt your team. That is unacceptable.

It doesn't matter if it's opening day or the World Series, real fans throw the ball back if it's an opponent's home run. Keeping the ball is selfish, showing that you value a souvenir more than your team. If an opponent homers, you better throw the ball back onto the field to show you really care.

There are many grand traditions in baseball, but there are also some stupid ones—throwing an opponents home run ball back onto the field is one of them. You're not a "real" fan if you take part in this silly act, especially in the World Series. You are literally tossing away a piece of history that you were actually a part of.

Real fans covet any piece of the World Series they receive because it is part of a game that has come to define the United States. If you value tribalism over the game itself, you are the problem. Value history, and keep home run balls no matter who it comes from.

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