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.
In game five of the world series last night, Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers hit a home run ball into the stands.
some deranged astros fan ripped a home run ball out of a woman's hand and threw it onto the field https://t.co/Qd9rH1AK3A— jordan (@jordan)1509340206.0
It turns out the three knew each other.
Buddy’s wife caught a World Series home run ball and his friend STOLE IT AND THREW IT BACK! https://t.co/Maaq8zj8Ia— Will Brinson (@Will Brinson)1509339426.0
Sarah's in-law, Kirk, had his reasons for snatching the ball.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.
People took to Twitter to call out the ball-stealer.
Use your words, fella, if you want it thrown back.— southpaw (@southpaw)1509339350.0
Fallon Smith, who is an Emmy-winning sports anchor in the Bay Area, said that she would have had a bone to pick with Kirk if she were Sarah.
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— Fallon (@Fallon)1509339401.0
Other people looked more fondly on Kirk's actions, calling him a man of principle and loyal Astros fan.
This @astros fan is a man of principle... #WorldSeries #throwitback https://t.co/N4J1z9eEMm— Sean O'Connell (@Sean O'Connell)1509339364.0