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Save McCuddy's
02-15-2006, 09:26 PM
The Unwritten Rules post from the Clubhouse has sent me spiralling into paranoia about this upcoming season and the fact that our crowd at the Cell will be on a larger national stage than we have known in the past. My concerns go beyond condiment preferences in the processed meat concessions and are focused squarely on ball park etiquette.

I wasn't satisfied by the sincerity of purpose in that particular forum where the practice of throwing home run balls back onto the field is concerned. No big surprise when you consider that an unsettlingly high percentage of visiting homers seem to get thrown back throughout the season. I'm posting this poll to get an idea of what I should be prepared for. There's also the hope that I can galvanyze a significant group of like minds to educate and police the outfield this season. I will trade any support granted in this effort for equivalent assistance on projects such as "wave busting" and silencing unoriginal hecklers.

Thank you for your responses.

Half Cocked Jack
02-15-2006, 09:34 PM
Yes... this threat to our society must be immediately extinguished before its too late!

But yeah I agree, the home run ball thing is annoying as hell. I've seen it at quite a few games I've attended. Most of the time it seems that there's some ugly, drunken element in the outfield that yells at the fan who caught the ball until he tosses it back.

The Sox organization could solve it by ejecting people who throw balls back on to the field, but they seem unwilling to do so.

itsnotrequired
02-15-2006, 09:38 PM
But yeah I agree, the home run ball thing is annoying as hell. I've seen it at quite a few games I've attended. Most of the time it seems that there's some ugly, drunken element in the outfield that yells at the fan who caught the ball until he tosses it back.
I was in the bleachers last season for a Wednesday day game against the Tigers. A home run was hit into the bleachers only a few seats over from where I was sitting. Some dude got the ball and I smiled a little smile when I saw him hand it to some kid. That smile turned into a frown as I saw the guy lean over to say something to the kid and then watch the kid throw the ball onto the field.

*sigh*

soxinem1
02-15-2006, 09:40 PM
The more I think about it, isn't throwing a ball on the field of play some sort of rule violation? If not, it should be, I could never stand that crap.

I remember back in 1985 Pete Rose hit a HR up North against the cubs (in fact, I think Pete hit his last two HR against them), and the dumb***** in the stands kept taunting the poor guy who caught it to toss it back. The guy held his ground and kept it.

I don't want to get into the cubsession junk, but I just love yelling 'The runs still count, ***hole!' when anyone, anywhere does that.

Another worthless tradition from our pals up North..........

thomas35forever
02-15-2006, 11:01 PM
I think I heard something about a Cubs fan being thrown out of Coors Field for throwing a Rockies home run ball back onto the field.

Soxfanspcu11
02-16-2006, 12:19 AM
I know quite a few Sox fans that don't know that they are not supposed to throw visiting teams home run balls back on the field. I have educated them and told them to spread the word, but still, there are plenty of Sox fans who are just plain unaware that we don't do that on the Southside.

You have to understand that many Sox fans are constantly beaten over the head with the Cubune drivel that visiting team home run balls MUST be thrown back, that's what "real" fans do.

How many times have you watched the news or comcast sportsnite or whatever it's called and they show someone hit a homerun and the Urinal (this happens quite often :D: ) and they show a closeup of the person who caught it and show them throw it back.

They have made it seem like, "In Chicago, we throw the balls back". So to the less informed, they may think that that is tradition on both sides. It is up to us to spread the word! I have season tickets in the bleachers so I will do my part to inform as many people as I can. But I still think that they should put a sign up on the fandeck that says something like, "On the Southside, we don't throw garbage (including homerun balls) on our field"

LuvSox
02-16-2006, 12:33 AM
Here's an idea:

Keep the homerun balls and throw the bandwagon fans on the field.

soxinem1
02-16-2006, 12:42 AM
Here's an idea:

Keep the homerun balls and throw the bandwagon fans on the field.

I've got a better idea:

Go to a cub game at the urinal when they are playing someone besides the Sox, then throw the cub HR back!! You'll make national headlines!!

LuvSox
02-16-2006, 12:48 AM
I've got a better idea:

Go to a cub game at the urinal when they are playing someone besides the Sox, then throw the cub HR back!! You'll make national headlines!!

Just one thing wrong with that............. going to Wrigley :D:

TDog
02-16-2006, 12:55 AM
The more I think about it, isn't throwing a ball on the field of play some sort of rule violation? If not, it should be, I could never stand that crap. ...

It should be a felony.

SOXSINCE'70
02-16-2006, 05:57 AM
Some dude got the ball and I smiled a little smile when I saw him hand it to some kid.

That's the correct action to take in this matter.:cool:

IlliniSox4Life
02-16-2006, 06:37 AM
I've got a better idea:

Go to a cub game at the urinal when they are playing someone besides the Sox, then throw the cub HR back!! You'll make national headlines!!

If I ever happen to be in Wrigley in the bleachers and get lucky enough to catch a Cubs home run ball, it's going back on the field.

If, however, I ever catch an opposing team home run ball (with the exception of a Sox ball), I am throwing it the other way - out the stadium.

I will pray that someday this will happen.

whitesoxwin
02-16-2006, 11:44 AM
The bandwagon folks and youngsters need to be educated on our "rules".
Maybe this should be part of the rules, same as going on the field.
Those morons who throw a ball back should be ejected!
Hey, same as throwing anything else on the field of play.
PLUS MOST OF THE CUB BLEACHER IDIOTS BRING A BALL (usually a cheap ball) TO THE GAME--KEEP THE HOMERUN BALL--AND THROW OUT THE CHEAP BALL. THIS GOES FOR THE IDIOTS OUT IN THE STREET.
Sox fans have balls and Cub Fans don't---plain and simple.

soxinem1
02-16-2006, 01:50 PM
Just one thing wrong with that............. going to Wrigley :D:

Believe me, I am no fan of that place, but if I got the tickets I'd go every day just to have the opportunity. Then ESPN would report the story. Between the cubs and ESPN, they would be confused for decades for their lack of ability in explaining how that happened!

spiffie
02-16-2006, 02:01 PM
Believe me, I am no fan of that place, but if I got the tickets I'd go every day just to have the opportunity. Then ESPN would report the story. Between the cubs and ESPN, they would be confused for decades for their lack of ability in explaining how that happened!
No they wouldn't. Once they realized you were a Sox fan they would say you were viciously trying to kill the Cubs player who hit the HR by throwing the ball at him, and then superimpose your face over footage from "Rookie of the Year" as the ball whizzes from the stands to home plate.

soxinem1
02-16-2006, 02:11 PM
No they wouldn't. Once they realized you were a Sox fan they would say you were viciously trying to kill the Cubs player who hit the HR by throwing the ball at him, and then superimpose your face over footage from "Rookie of the Year" as the ball whizzes from the stands to home plate.

Dad Gummit, I have been exposed already!!!

One of my life's goals shattered!:rolleyes:

Maybe I'll wear a cub jersey to camouflage...... OH NO, WHAT AM I SAYING?

The Critic
02-16-2006, 02:23 PM
I don't think I'd do anything to try to stop someone from throwing a ball back. If they're brainwashed enough to think that's "cool", I don't think my words would have any effect.
Should I ever catch a ball at USCF, I'll either take it home to my kid or give it to the nearest kid with a "maaaaan, I wish I had caught that!" look on his/her face. If my daughter's with me, it's 100% going to her.

ondafarm
02-16-2006, 04:13 PM
The more I think about it, isn't throwing a ball on the field of play some sort of rule violation?

The thrower of any object onto the field of play is a violation of the ticket agreement found on the back of your ticket. Anyone who throws a home run ball back onto the field would be guilty of littering. Throwing the idiot who throws the ball back would make them guilty of loitering. Besides, keep no balls, got no balls.

Hangar18
02-16-2006, 04:20 PM
DO NOT THROW IT BACK. We have way too much of our own history and dont need to borrow any of their Losing Traditions.
Then again, we wont be giving up any homers so this is a moot issue

itsnotrequired
02-16-2006, 04:23 PM
Then again, we wont be giving up any homers so this is a moot issue

Deep pink?

:D:

LongLiveFisk
02-16-2006, 05:40 PM
I've got a better idea:

Go to a cub game at the urinal when they are playing someone besides the Sox, then throw the cub HR back!! You'll make national headlines!!

That would be fun for a while, until you turned around and saw a bunch of drunken frat boys bearing down on you. I don't think those people have a sense of humor whatsoever (which is ironic, considering the circus atmosphere and the clowns on the field they cheer for!) :redneck

thomas35forever
02-16-2006, 07:12 PM
Here's an idea: if ur in the bleachers at Wrigley and a drunken fan near you catches a Cubs home run ball, steal it and throw it back! Sure it would be a cruel thing to do, but it sounds hilarious.

1951Campbell
02-16-2006, 07:30 PM
As an out-of-state Sox fan, I don't anticipate this being much of a problem for me at Camden or PNC. :D:

TheDarkGundam
02-16-2006, 08:34 PM
I was at a sCrUBs game last year with my sister and dad, they were playing the Giants and someone on the Giants hit a homerun. Do I need to go on? :rolleyes:
Actually, there is a bit more. Some kid caught the ball, and everyone started chanting "throw it back!", my reaction was, of course "Please, don't throw it back." There was even some fat lady sitting a few rows away from the kid wearing a shirt that said "throw the ball back" (or something similar). The kid actually kept the ball, and people started booing. I was ecstatic. That is, until the Giants' at-bat was done, and out of nowhere a ball comes flying onto the field. Eveybody cheered.
I had to explain to my dad and sister that the reason they waited to throw it back was so someone could go to a gift-shop and buy a ball, so they could throw that one.
I hate people who throw fake balls back more than people who throw the real one back. People who throw the real one back are just idiots, people who throw a fake one are idiots so obsessed with what the other Wrigley fans think, they will act like an idiot just to look cool.

miker
02-17-2006, 12:51 PM
If someone throws a ball on to the field, shouldn't we have the right to throw that fan out after it?

ondafarm
02-17-2006, 01:06 PM
If someone throws a ball on to the field, shouldn't we have the right to throw that fan out after it?

I said that six posts ago.

miker
02-17-2006, 01:08 PM
I said that six posts ago.
Sorry, skimmed the thread too fast....but I still say its a good idea!

NUCatsFan
02-17-2006, 01:10 PM
True story (which I know I've told before):

I was at one of the Sox-A's games here in Oakland last year. Dye hits a homerun to left and the fans were encouraging him to throw it back. Which he does, to some measure of cheers. The LF (don't remember who) tosses it over to the A's bullpen (foul ground, 3rd base side), and I'm sitting right behind it. I asked one of the guys standing up (bullpen coach, perhaps?) what he was going to do with the ball. He asked if I wanted it, and so I got it. Cool piece of memorabilia.

As an aside, I believe the fan was escorted from the stadium as well, though I don't remember.

Soxfanspcu11
02-17-2006, 01:47 PM
As an aside, I believe the fan was escorted from the stadium as well, though I don't remember.


I remember watching this game and you are correct, they showed the guy being escorted out on tv.

Etownsox13
02-22-2006, 02:25 PM
"On the Southside, we don't throw garbage (including homerun balls) on our field"


:bandance:

SOXPHILE
02-22-2006, 03:04 PM
http://www.angelfire.com/il2/cubssuck/nowson.jpg
"Now son, don't pay attention to the game until Sammy comes up. Also, if the umpire makes a bad call, throw your trash onto the field."