As a fan along the wall during a baseball game, it is almost a responsibility to be ready and aggressive when it comes to claiming foul balls up for grabs. After all, you paid a lot for those tickets, and it'd be nice to come away with a free souvenir.
But in the video below, this one fan probably took his attempt at a foul ball too far. Take a look at how he grabbed the ball from Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen after a foul ball down the line.
Take note of how he keeps his hands inside as the ball comes his way, making sure he doesn't interfere with the play. That part is good. But then, as McCutchen tries to give the ball to the man in the Red Sox cap, this man sneaks in, snatches the ball, makes eye contact with the man he stole it from, fist pumps at McCutchen and returns to his seat.
It should be noted that the man appears to have given the ball to a kid, and not kept it for himself. So perhaps this short clip is not as bad as it seems at first glance. Still, this is bad form and should be frowned upon.
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Gerrit Cole (0-1), the first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.
Ortiz retired after last season after helping the Red Sox win three Series titles, their first since 1918.
Even without Ortiz, there was still plenty of pageantry at Fenway Park.
The ceremonial first pitch was attended a quintet of members Super Bowl champion New England Patriots headlined by MVP quarterback Tom Brady, who made the toss. They were joined by owner Robert Kraft and all five of the franchise’s Lombardi trophies.
Boston had only two hits before Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-out triple to right in the fifth. He scored the first run after Pablo Sandoval beat out a sharp grounder to shortstop Jordy Mercer.
Sandy Leon bunted his way on, Sandoval scored on Dustin Pedroia’s line-drive single up the middle and Benintendi homered.
Porcello allowed only three hits through six innings. Josh Harrison had an RBI single in the seventh, and the Pirates added two runs off Matt Barnes before before Andrew McCutchen struck out for the third time.
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