This Is the Reason That a Fan Stole a World Series Home Run Ball During Last Night’s Game

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For a long-time baseball fan, it might seem obvious that if you caught a home run ball from a player on the opposing team, you would throw it back onto the field, for tradition’s sake, superstition, or simply to make a point. But if someone next to you caught a ball, would you wrestle it out of their hands and throw it back?

That’s what happened in the Astros vs. Dodgers World Series game yesterday.

People are pretty riled up over this video.

A woman caught the ball and held it high above her head, celebrating with the man standing next to her. Then a third person, the man in the pink shirt, grabs the ball out of her hands and throws it back onto the field without hesitation. We’ve been watching this video over and over just for the faces.

The woman who caught the ball and the man who threw it back are in-laws. They’re on good terms, but other people have mixed feelings about the episode. Sarah Head, the woman who caught the ball, told the Houston Chronicle, “I just would have liked to have been able to throw it back myself.”

“It’s bad karma to keep it,” he said, and then, “You’ve got to throw it back. I was just making sure she did.” But Sarah was going to throw it back! And what if she wanted to do something else with it, like sell it online, get it signed, or save it as a souvenir? People were annoyed that he took that chance away from her.

Twitter user @nycsouthpaw called him a jerk, but other Twitter users’ expletives were not quite as PG-rated. Southpaw makes a good point when he asks why Kirk couldn’t have just asked Sarah to throw the ball back herself.

“Did u see that Astros fan take the HR ball from the other fan & throw it back onto the field?? Bruh, we would have fought, LA HR ball or not,” she wrote yesterday.

Sarah and her brother-in-law hugged after the incident but might take more than a hug to make up for a lost world series home run ball. This could make for an awkward Thanksgiving.