Would you throw back a visiting team's World Series home run ball? | The Tylt
Would you throw back a visiting team's World Series home run ball?
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.
My favorite part of baseball is when the away team hits a home run and the crowd will throw the ball back just because it's so petty
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.