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This Is Not The Best Way To Try And Catch A Home-Run Ball

Every baseball fan who buys tickets in the outfield dreams of exactly one thing: catching a home run ball hit by Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy. With that goal so close to his grasp in the fifth inning of Monday night’s Royals-Mariners game, it’s understandable that an overexcited Ichiro supporter would take some ill-advised measures to try and capture a ball.

As you can see above, when Murphy’s dinger sailed over the wall, one man tried to snag it by, I think, throwing his jacket up in the hopes of smothering it in flight. Needless to say, he didn’t succeed, and though the broadcast cuts away before a clear victor in the search for the ball is declared, it certainly looks like our pal Jacket Guy is in the worst position to grab it.

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Here’s the view as it happened on the TV. It almost looks celebratory if you’re not aware of how much of a failure it is.

Might I suggest bringing an oversized cloak next game.

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