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Some Americans were born to catch foul balls.
One such American, a California woman named Lexy Whitmore, made headlines when she caught a foul ball at San Diego’s Petco Park during a game Wednesday between the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs.
What made her catch so stunning was that she caught the ball with her right hand while holding on tightly to her 3-month old son, Maverick, with her left hand.
Watch the video, posted by the Padres on Twitter along with the caption, “Moms are amazing.”
Moms are amazing. pic.twitter.com/m4lKAJMPZ9
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 9, 2021
That takes more than just skill — it takes talent. It takes the talent of a mama!
Speaking later with local station KNSD, Whitmore, whose husband is training in the Navy reserve, said that she knew from the moment she saw the ball that it would be hers.
“So when the guy hit the foul ball, it came down. I saw it bounce, and it — honestly, it just kind of came right to me — I didn’t think it was like this amazing catch — and I didn’t think it would go viral. But it, you know, came to me and there was no doubt in my mind that I wasn’t gonna catch it,” she said.
What shocked her was how she became an overnight sensation. To her, she’d done nothing special. She’d simply done what all mothers do, which is multitask.
“When it became this big viral thing and people are sharing, I was kind of surprised, but I think it’s because it’s a little glimpse into all of the multitasking mamas out there that kind of do, you know, all these things on the daily, but it’s just a little clip into that,” she said.
“He’s in my arms at all times. I’m always aware of where he is and what we’re doing. Honestly, this [left] arm’s kind of buff ’cause I always have him in this arm and I’m doing things with this [right] one, so it’s just another kind of thing that us moms do,” she added.
But not everybody possesses the Talent of the Mama™.
During another game Wednesday at the Angel Stadium between the Los Angeles Angels and the Kansas City Royals, another California resident — a man, to be exact — demonstrated that he possesses the Talent of the Klutz™.
When his perfect opportunity to catch a foul ball arrived, he failed — and he did so spectacularly.
Man tried to catch a baseball, missed and it bounced and hit him in the chin, then he hit his head on a table 😬 pic.twitter.com/d3bFGLcKvU
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) June 10, 2021
First the ball bounced right off his throat — ouch – and then, when he rushed to try and retrieve it, he banged his head on a table. Double ouch.
Note that, unlike Whitmore, the fella didn’t even have a baby in his arms.
To be fair, baseball fans rarely catch a foul ball.
I’m not gonna lie, I’d do the same. Lol. Getting a foul ball at a game is a rarity 🤷🏼♂️
— Ben Cary (@Ben_Cary_) June 10, 2021
In fact, in most cases, baseball fans wind up getting hurt from foul balls.
“An NBC News investigation found at least 808 reports of injuries to fans from baseballs from 2012 to 2019. The injuries include concussions and permanent vision loss. In 2018, a grandmother celebrating her 79th birthday at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles died after being hit in the head by a foul ball,” NBC News reported in 2019.
“Most of the injuries resulted from fouls. Some are from home runs and batting practice. In other cases, fans were injured as they scrambled to catch balls flying into the stands,” it added.
For those who do manage to catch a foul ball, there is one and only one rule they must follow. According to Bleacher Report, that rule is this: “If a ball comes flying into the stands down the line, or looping into the first row of the upper deck and you catch it, you keep that ball.”
“Unlike other sports where you often have to return a ball that goes into the stands, you can do whatever you want with a baseball. Bring the ball home and put it on a shelf, or give it to the kids to throw in the yard. Heck, toss it to the dog to play fetch. You caught it, you keep it,” the piece continues.
(Or give the ball to someone else.)
Congratulations to Whitmore on her new ball!
However … she does have a competitor.
In 2016, another MLB fan, a Philadelphia man with the Talent of the Daddy™, caught a foul ball while holding onto his daughter AND a tray of hot dogs.
Can Whitmore beat THAT? Tune in next time to find out!
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