Catching a ball in the stands is fun when it’s a foul, but it’s amazing when it’s a home run. Getting your hands on one of those game balls is a souvenir that you can treasure for a lifetime. That is, unless you’re one of the people in this supercut of MLB fans snagging home run balls and then throwing them back on the field.
There’s a sort of unspoken home field rule in Chicago Cubs games that if the visiting team pops a dinger into the stands, it’s polite to throw it back onto the field. That has gotten fans in trouble in other places – in 2015, a man visiting San Francisco with his kids was kicked out of a Giants game for returning a home run ball to play. In general, most ballparks would prefer you not follow this tradition, but it still happens every once in a while.
This video features a variety of home run ball returns, from clueless kids caught up in the spirit of the moment to incensed fans trying to pull a fast one. It’s a funny illustration of how thin the barrier is between players and fans at sporting events. Maybe keep the next one you catch, though.Get your balls in the game! Donate to the Sean Kimerling Foundation to win the battle against testicular cancer.