Worst or Best Fan Ever?

Please enjoy as a certain Padres fan announces his presence …

Consider these facts:

– Playable ball!
– Potentially meaningful game!
– Embroidered cap as vehicle for taunting!
– Road game, where a certain deference is expected!
– Humiliated lady-friend!

Does this display make the nobleman in question the worst fan ever or the greatest fan ever?


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dbick
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dbick

Probably a good thing this happened in Arizona and not an east coast city. Dude might have gotten trucked

AK707
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AK707

You east-coasters can suck it. We play the game the right way out here. If you can’t even interfere with a potential rival interferer, then sit down and stop your whining after you had a chance to stop him.

AndyS
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AndyS

This was actually posted BEFORE I pissed in AK707’s Cheerios.

Resolution
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Resolution

I like the idea of ‘playing the game the right way’ when dealing with an ‘out of bounds something’ like fan interference.

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu

Note that the SD fan was one of like 15 hands trying to interfere with that catch.

If a fight were to start, it would’ve been about who got a souvenir, not about the fielding chance getting ruined.

Scott Gilroy
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Scott Gilroy

If that ball was in the stands , i think he is 100% correct(ball is fair game) and a smart fan. The fact that he reached into play on a catchable ball detracts from it somewhat. Kudos for not getting caught though!

Scott Gilroy
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Scott Gilroy

Also not the best idea when your on the road

Scott Gilroy
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Scott Gilroy

I was tempted to click Butch Husky but i figured that would cause the page to take 90 seconds to load. ;)

Nofatmike
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Nofatmike

I picked “Butch Huskey.” I would’ve gone with “Worst Fan,” but I’m not entirely convinced that Padre Fans exist.

Dre
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Dre

Ok, I’ll bite……why Butch Huskey?

Marc
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Marc

He didn’t make a jerk of himself, so I give him all the credit he deserves. Well played sir, and way to be awesome and bring a glove to the game.

Tom
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Tom

I disagree with the notion of expected road deference. It’s the surrounding AZ fans’ responsibility to clear out potential interference with Upton; this guy knew exactly what he was trying to accomplish (and did!). The taunting point to his hat seals it for me — I voted best.

Tony
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Tony

Agree. The guy caught a foul at a game, and gave a little help to the team he supports. It’s up to the umpire to decide if it is interference or not.

I don’t even see the pointing to his hat as taunting really. I am sure Upton said, either verbally or with a facial expression, something like “Dude, what the fuzz?!” Then the fan just pointed to his hat as explanation. Upton even said afterward that at first he thought it was a D-backs fan then was less pissed when he realized the guy was an SD fan.

I think if you steal an out from the team you support you are the worst fan ever, but if it’s from the opposing team it’s a job well done. Plus I’m a little biased as an SD fan.

Joser
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Joser

You make sense, but I’m a little suspicious because Nofatmike isn’t convinced you exist.

big league chyut
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big league chyut

I’m an Arizona fan, and I still would have said “best” if he hadn’t hacked at Upton’s arm in the process of interfering. No need to risk injury to the team’s best player in the midst of a pennant race.

robertobeers
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robertobeers

Is that Trevor Hoffman?

Tommy Lasordas Pasta
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Tommy Lasordas Pasta

I said Best Fan because you always gotta help your team out- even if they’re 20 games out or whatever the Pads are. He does get a few minus points for bringing his glove- what is he, 12?

AK707
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AK707

What planet are you from? I was taught from day one to bring your glove regardless of your position in the stands. At the least, it makes for a good game of catch before/after the game!

Bryz
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I voted best, and pointing to his cap was the icing on the cake. I don’t consider him taunting Upton, he just explained why he did it.

MikeS
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MikeS

There were plenty of fans in red Arizona t-shirts more than willing to interfere with that ball.

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu

Yeah, it’s really the AZ fans who are the Worst Fans Ever. Or at least, they tried to be and failed.

Jeroen
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Jeroen

On some points of view a good SD-fan BUT a horrible baseball-fan.

David
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David

can you say “Bartman?” Come on, gang, it’s interference. Put a crowbar in your wallet and buy a f*#^%*@% ball at the souvineer stand

Steven
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Steven

If a fielder reaches into the seats, the opposing fans *should* be trying to whack at his glove, or knock the ball away because they are entitled to do so– but ONLY if the fielder has reached outside the field of play. Rule 3.16 is pretty clear on this. Exception, of course, being when your team has a runner on 3rd and <2 out– you want the fielder to make the catch and your runner to advance home on the sac fly.

This guy pretty clearly caught the ball over the field of play. The play should have been ruled fan interference and the batter should have been out. I appreciate the effort, though.

Joser
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Joser

I don’t know that anybody should ever be “trying to whack at his glove.” You should be going for the ball, not assaulting the player. Sure, you may end up both in the same place and hit his glove, but that’s not what you should be “trying” to do.

juan pierre's mustache
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juan pierre's mustache

if a player reaches into the stands, opposing fans are encouraged to use improvised weapons and/or beer the player but causing a DL stint is considered to be use of excessive force

tylerv
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tylerv

what no wife support? dump her!

bmt24
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bmt24

Worst fan ever. That’s a bit hyperbolic, because I’d say the thugs that put that Giants fan in a coma are far worse, but the point stands.

He reached into the field of play. He broke the rules. The hitter should be out, why would a fan try to get his own player out? He wouldn’t unless he’s a bad fan who’s more interested in a souvenir than the actual results of the game. He probably could have stayed home and bought a game-used baseball for less than the price of that ticket. The fact that the umpire screwed up and didn’t call the player out isn’t really relevant (after all this is fangraphs; we judge the process, not the results).

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