The Astros Fan That Stole A Dodgers HR Ball From A Woman And Threw It Back Is Nothing If Not Committed
I'm not in the business of telling people how to be sports fans. If I were I might suggest not turning yourself into a viral sensation as an overgrown infant in the name of superstition, but - like I made clear prior - critiquing people for getting overly emotional and overly invested in a game they aren't participating in isn't my area of expertise. That's mostly because that would require a lot of potentially ugly self reflection, but it's also because different people place different values on different things.
For that reason, and that reason only, I think our buddy in the two-toned golf shirt should be excused for his obnoxious actions. In the same vein that society expects us to hand every foul ball to a nearby child, I think that man-child was deserving of the baseball that he unceremoniously stole and the answer as to 'why?' is pretty simple. Throwing it back meant far more to him than holding on to it would have meant for the woman who caught it.
Just take one look into those crazy eyes, and tell me - with conviction - that Little Johnny wouldn't be packing his shit for the foster home if the person they belonged to was forced to choose between keeping his first born and ridding the home stands of that tainted baseball. I've seen too many damn lunatics at sporting events not be able to identify when someone in attendance has ass-backwards priorities, but I'll be damned if I can't respect a man for sticking to them. He shouldn't apologize for doing what he wrongfully - in his heart - thought was right, because he would never forgive himself if he didn't turn himself into the buzzkill of the ballpark and the Astros went on to lose. Now, I wouldn't want to watch a high stakes ball game while within his same state lines, but I can appreciate the disproportional amount of passion that has him thinking that he can have an intangible effect on the outcome.
P.S. If these guys truly are friends then the one on the left just cost himself more invites than Larry David during last night's episode of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'...and something tells me he gives the same amount of fucks.