Sara Saco Vertiz: The 10 Craziest Fan-Foul Ball Incidents in Baseball

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2010

Sara Saco Vertiz: The 10 Craziest Fan-Foul Ball Incidents in Baseball

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    Sara Saco Vertiz and Bo Wyble. This pair of Houston Astros fans has become a web sensation known as the "foul-ball couple" and their fame even got them an appearance on the CBS morning show.

    Bo has even been dubbed "the Bailer" for his last second move to get out of the way of an incoming foul ball which promptly nailed Sara on the elbow.

    Bo's explanation?  He lost the ball in the lights.  Sure...

    In honor of the now broken up couple, here's a look back at 10 of the craziest fan-foul ball incidents in baseball...

10. Fan Eats Dirt at Yankees Game

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    This looks like a very painful attempt at getting a foul ball.

    After failing to reach for an incoming fouled ground ball, this guy takes a headfirst dive into Yankee stadium grounds. 


9. Young Phillies Fan Throws It Back

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    Check out this youngster at a Philadelphia Phillies game. Her dad makes a great foul ball catch in the upper deck. 

    Then he hands it to her for safekeeping.  But she had other things in mind. Once she gets a hold of the ball, she promptly tosses it away. 

    Looks like she's been watching too many Cubs games.

8. Denard Span Hits Mom

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    So Span supposedly decided to get some of tickets for his family members to come watch him play.

    Span hit a foul ball into the stands at the same spot where his family was sitting.

    Who did he knock out with his foul ball? His mother!

    Thankfully his mom was alright.

7. Jayson Werth Gets Angry

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    After the Bartman incident, fans should have gotten the clue not to mess with potential foul balls bordering fair territory.  Apparently this guy didn't.

    No wonder outfielder Jayson Werth went irate. But the controversy here is that Werth unleashed a series of cuss words at the guy in front of his own son.

    Here's an link to the video: Werthman

6. Fan Gets Really Happy

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    Here's a fan that gets super excited from taking a glove in the face.

    Ichiro tries to reach into the stands to go after a Mark Teixiera foul ball but couldn't make the catch.

    Unlike Bartman, this fan actually tried to get out of his way.  Then it dawned on her that Ichiro actually ran into her and she couldn't stop celebrating.

    Mariner's staff even ran down and gave her an Ichiro t-shirt.  Making her even more giddy.

5. Boyfriend Bails

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    So boyfriend Bo gets his chance of a lifetime to impress his girlfriend by catching a foul ball in front of her.

    While in the middle of his "make it or break it moment," young Bo decides to duck out of the way and lets the ball hit her in the arm.

    Way to go Bo!  That move wasn't very impressive. 

    Say what you want to say, no wonder she dumped you...

4. Fan Nearly Falls From Second Deck

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    Consider this guy a very lucky man.

    Back in 1981 during an opening day game between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, this fan almost took a tragic fall.

    Fortunately, he managed to hang on to the railing and the other fans around him reacted fast enough to pull him back.


3. Can't Catch A Foul Ball

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    So listen here, if you're going to a game make sure to bring a glove. 

    Just in case you get a chance to catch a Manny Ramirez foul ball in an NLCS game. 

    Just like this guy!

    Oh wait, he brought a glove and didn't know how to use it.  The foul ball hits him squarely in the face and breaks his nose.

2. Fan Falls From Second Deck

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    During a game between the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers, a fan actually fell 30 feet from the upper deck trying to go after a foul ball.

    Although the fall was not shown in this video, you see from the reaction of the players, umpires and fans that it was a terrible and tragic accident.

    Good news: the fan survived.

1. Bartman!

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    Bartman, a lifelong Cubs fan, will forever live in infamy in Chicago.

    His decision to interfere with Moises Alou's catch turned an almost sure win into a loss and ultimately cost the Cubs the series and a World Series appearance.

    The Florida Marlins got new life and turned things around after this mishap and took home the 2003 World Series title.

    The Cubbies, on the other hand, haven't been able to win in the postseason since this play.

    Hence, the Bartman curse!