This Pittsburgh Pirates fan could be accused of many, many things, but no one will ever be able to tell him he skimped on equipment.
This fan “caught” a foul ball during Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. To be clear, while he did technically “catch” the ball, the giant leather Venus flytrap he brought with him to the game did most of the work.
Armed with nothing but his cargo shorts, a huge baseball glove and presumably a stomach filled with Bushmills, this Pirates fan teetered toward the landing area and let his leather basket do the rest.
As you can see, the ball fell neatly into his cowhide loveseat, finally granting this man his dream and vindicating his gutsy decision to be the grown man at the ballpark who owns a comically oversized baseball glove.
All the trials and tribulations this man had to deal with because he decided to purchase a giant saddle-sized leather glove at a novelty item store washed away after this one glorious catch. The burdensome crosstown commutes to games and untrusting looks from parents with children were a thing of the past.
The show wasn’t over after the catch, however. The fan turned to Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, ball in glove, and began birding out his shoulders and menacing the millionaire outfielder. The fan’s taunting pose says “Yeah, you wish you had a giant, funny glove, Carlos. But I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.”
After taunting Beltran, the fan turned to his friends, who dogpiled upon the victorious fielder as You’re the Best Around by Joe Esposito played. They screamed, “We were wrong, Brian! All those terrible things we said about your funny glove were wrong!”*
*Actually, the man’s friends were nowhere to be found, but he did receive a warm reception from the crowd, which laughed heartily at his awesome glove.
Congratulations on your catch, Funny Glove Guy. It doesn't matter that the Pirates went on to lose the game 10-6; I still think you’re the best around.
I wear an oversized cowboy hat to most family dinners: Dr__Carson