Little-known fact: Jim Harbaugh has caught 20 foul balls in his lifetime.
It comes as no surprise, really. The San Francisco 49ers coach is about the most competitive guy alive and has been attending Major League baseball games since he and his brother John were little.
What you also might not know is that Jim left one of these early life excursions to the ballpark with a soggy secret to keep.
In a sit-down with San Jose Mercury reporter Tim Kawakami, the 49ers coach spoke about his lifelong love of America’s pastime and that one time, he peed his pants at a Cleveland Indians game.
Jim claimed the incident happened at Cleveland Municipal Stadium while he and John (then five and seven years old) waited in a long line to get one of the players' autographs. He entered the line with a full bladder, and, come hell or high urine, he would have his prize.
Here’s Jim’s account of the incident, per Kawakami:
You could meet a player after the game. And there was–I think it was a first baseman named McGraw…Might’ve been a third baseman…Anyway, I know we entered the field from the first-base side, just to get a picture with him. Just to get a Polaroid picture. And I had to go to the bathroom really bad. So I had to make a decision: Me and my brother were like 20 people from actually being able to go on to the field and take a picture with [the player] right by the first-base bag…it was either go to the bathroom and not get a picture, or do it right there in my pants. So I chose to go in my pants and my parents have this picture of a big ring right here.
The horror. The Horror.
We all have our deep-seated issues, and childhood pants-wetting is one you never quite fully metabolize. You may be able to laugh about it now, but you’ll never forget the sensation of warm shame spreading over your pleated khakis.
The first step to recovery is admitting you peed your pants, as Jim has bravely done. The second is convincing yourself that only the cool kids do it.
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