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chisox
04-14-2006, 02:31 PM
did throwing the ball back definitely start at wrigley?

i was at a yankees game last week at some fan tossed a kc dinger back on the field. it thought they only did that at wrigley.

MadetoOrta
04-14-2006, 02:47 PM
Someone should ask Brooks if the Sox can make it a policy that anyone caught throwing a ball back onto the field will be IMMEDIATELY EJECTED. I hate that crap. If it's a current policy, enforce it!

itsnotrequired
04-14-2006, 03:07 PM
did throwing the ball back definitely start at wrigley?

i was at a yankees game last week at some fan tossed a kc dinger back on the field. it thought they only did that at wrigley.

Unfortunately, throwing a HR ball back is common practice at many stadiums. I'm not sure if Wrigley was the first to embrace the idea.

Uncle_Patrick
04-14-2006, 03:10 PM
did throwing the ball back definitely start at wrigley?

i was at a yankees game last week at some fan tossed a kc dinger back on the field. it thought they only did that at wrigley.

Wrigley seems to get the most credit for it, but its spread to other ball parks. I've seen supposed White Sox fans do it and boo people who wouldn't do it. Throwing a home run ball back is one of the stupidest "traditions" around.

viagracat
04-14-2006, 03:17 PM
I have never in my life been able to get ahold of a ball that was in play, and I've been to my share of games. Why would I want to get rid of the first one I ever get my hands on, even if it was a homer hit by the opposition? I hear some people will bring a ball from home to throw back on the field and keep the one hit into the stands just to avoid getting harassed by "fans" for not doing so. I agree the "tradition" is idiotic. Even worse than "YMCA" or the Wave, IMO. :angry:

ilsox7
04-14-2006, 03:20 PM
Wrigley seems to get the most credit for it, but its spread to other ball parks. I've seen supposed White Sox fans do it and boo people who wouldn't do it. Throwing a home run ball back is one of the stupidest "traditions" around.

Not only is it stupid, but it should be banned by MLB. If Clueless Bud had any clue, he'd make throwing a ball back onto the field of play a mandatory ejection from the park and suspension of attendance privileges for 1 year.

The Critic
04-14-2006, 04:25 PM
I have never in my life been able to get ahold of a ball that was in play, and I've been to my share of games. Why would I want to get rid of the first one I ever get my hands on, even if it was a homer hit by the opposition? I hear some people will bring a ball from home to throw back on the field and keep the one hit into the stands just to avoid getting harassed by "fans" for not doing so. I agree the "tradition" is idiotic. Even worse than "YMCA" or the Wave, IMO. :angry:

Why, because it hurts the other team's feelings, of course....

This "tradition" is by far the dumbest thing in sports - dumber than the wave, dumber than mascots, dumber than the "Fan-O-Meter".
I wish that security would escort ball-throwers out of the park. That won't stop the truly stupid, but maybe some fence-sitters would think twice about it.

MrRoboto83
04-14-2006, 04:32 PM
Not only is it stupid, but it should be banned by MLB. If Clueless Bud had any clue, he'd make throwing a ball back onto the field of play a mandatory ejection from the park and suspension of attendance privileges for 1 year.

Why don't they know the oppositions foul balls back? I think if people can throw baseballs back onto the field I can throw fake syringe at Barry Bonds.

MarySwiss
04-14-2006, 04:39 PM
I've told this story before, but it bears repeating here, I think.

When I was still in Chicago--maybe about 10-12 years ago--some friends dragged me to a Cubs game; my first since I was forced to go with my Girl Scout troop. Lucky us, we got to sit in the bleachers. So somebody from the other team hits a home run and some old guy--perhaps 75 or so--catches it, and anyone could see that he was really excited about it. Right away the drunken Biffs and Trixies start with the "Throw It Back" ****. This guy clearly did not want to, but the morons all around him just would not let up; they were on his ass for a good ten minutes or more. Finally, he knuckled and threw it back. Of course, he got a big cheer, and I'm thinking, "Nice going, *******s. This guy will probably never get a chance at another one. That made his day, and you ruined it. You should be so proud!"

If I had needed another reason to hate Cub fans and all things Cub, I got it that day. And I only wish I could've been the one to catch it. NO WAY it would have been thrown back.

itsnotrequired
04-14-2006, 04:44 PM
Why don't they know the oppositions foul balls back? I think if people can throw baseballs back onto the field I can throw fake syringe at Barry Bonds.

And therein lies the problem. If I can throw a ball, why not throw anything? The examples I like to use are hair dryers or sewing machines.

RealMenWearBlack
04-14-2006, 11:31 PM
A lot of people were yelling to throw back some of the homer balls during tonight's game, and a guy in our section started yelling how we don't throw the ball back and that we give it to a kid if we want to. He got a big cheer from the non-hineybirds. Then some idiot Jays fan that was sitting next to me said that they throw balls back at the Sky Dome.

cbotnyse
04-14-2006, 11:38 PM
A lot of people were yelling to throw back some of the homer balls during tonight's game, and a guy in our section started yelling how we don't throw the ball back and that we give it to a kid if we want to. He got a big cheer from the non-hineybirds. Then some idiot Jays fan that was sitting next to me said that they throw balls back at the Sky Dome.

yeah I noticed that tonight too....many people yelling to throw it back, but it seemed like there were also quite a few people yelling NOT to throw it back...if you really dont want the ball so much, just give it to a little kid.....

DumpJerry
04-15-2006, 12:43 AM
I started a thread during the first week of the season ("We are so not Wrigley" or something like that) in which I mentioned how, at one of the Cleveland games, after a Hafner dinger to Right, a bunch of jerks started chanting for the person to throw it back. As soon as the chant started, several security people rushed the person who had the ball and made sure it was not thrown back.

What the Freaks of Nature don't realize is that when you throw a ball back onto the field of play you are:
1. Throwing the ball at players whose backs are turned towards you; and
2. Thus risk hitting a player in the back of the head causing serious injury or death; and
3. That dead or maimed player plays for your team!

Is this clear enough?

JorgeFabregas
04-15-2006, 12:56 AM
Same crowd chants came 'round tonight in left field. Stupid.

RadioheadRocks
04-15-2006, 12:58 AM
Most of these dillweeds are the same ones who try to get a Wave going. :angry:

JorgeFabregas
04-15-2006, 01:00 AM
Yes, in fact the same guy who started a failed throw-it-back chant also started a failed wave.

jenn2080
04-15-2006, 03:26 AM
Someone should ask Brooks if the Sox can make it a policy that anyone caught throwing a ball back onto the field will be IMMEDIATELY EJECTED. I hate that crap. If it's a current policy, enforce it!


Actually I think it kind of is...my cousin got booted during the last indians series last year for throwing it back...security told him that it was not wrigley

esbrechtel
04-15-2006, 09:21 AM
Actually I think it kind of is...my cousin got booted during the last indians series last year for throwing it back...security told him that it was not wrigley

it is a rule, its also a grider rule http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/cws/fan_forum/grinder_rules.jsp
see #58....i also saw something on the sox site awhile back that said something like "whitesox fans understand that a homerun ball is a part of history and should not be thrown on to the field of play, if you dont want it give it to a young fan....." i cant seem to find that anywhere now though.

RealMenWearBlack
04-15-2006, 09:34 AM
it is a rule, its also a grider rule http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/cws/fan_forum/grinder_rules.jsp
see #58....i also saw something on the sox site awhile back that said something like "whitesox fans understand that a homerun ball is a part of history and should not be thrown on to the field of play, if you dont want it give it to a young fan....." i cant seem to find that anywhere now though.

It was on a radio ad, iirc.

miker
04-15-2006, 09:52 AM
Actually I think it kind of is...my cousin got booted during the last indians series last year for throwing it back...security told him that it was not wrigley
:hawk
I luv it when security does their job...

Bobbo35
04-16-2006, 09:37 PM
I've told this story before, but it bears repeating here, I think.

When I was still in Chicago--maybe about 10-12 years ago--some friends dragged me to a Cubs game; my first since I was forced to go with my Girl Scout troop. Lucky us, we got to sit in the bleachers. So somebody from the other team hits a home run and some old guy--perhaps 75 or so--catches it, and anyone could see that he was really excited about it. Right away the drunken Biffs and Trixies start with the "Throw It Back" ****. This guy clearly did not want to, but the morons all around him just would not let up; they were on his ass for a good ten minutes or more. Finally, he knuckled and threw it back. Of course, he got a big cheer, and I'm thinking, "Nice going, *******s. This guy will probably never get a chance at another one. That made his day, and you ruined it. You should be so proud!"

If I had needed another reason to hate Cub fans and all things Cub, I got it that day. And I only wish I could've been the one to catch it. NO WAY it would have been thrown back.

See what I would have done was turned around and chucked it at the moron who was the loudest. That is one of my biggest pet peeves when at a ball game.

StockdaleForVeep
04-16-2006, 10:01 PM
I was under the impression it is an ejectionable offense or is up to the security discression. I have seen people at comiskey escourted out for throwin homerun balls back, but then again, the guy who threw it back nearly hit willie harris with it at second base

"Get that kid a uniform"

ChiSoxLifer
04-16-2006, 10:06 PM
did throwing the ball back definitely start at wrigley?

i was at a yankees game last week at some fan tossed a kc dinger back on the field. it thought they only did that at wrigley.

I don't think it started there. It's just that so many opponents have hit home runs in Wrigley that they have more opportunity to do so than in any other stadium.

SouthSide_HitMen
04-16-2006, 10:31 PM
I was at a White Sox game in the new Comiskey Park a few years ago and a fan threw a foul ball from between first and home in the UPPER DECK toward the field. The ball landed a few feet from the batter and home plate umpire. Security did nothing about it (I saw it but I don't know if many other people saw it including the two people who were almost hit). That ball could have done serious damage from over 100 feet in the air.

Too many people in the general public are stupid.

HotelWhiteSox
04-16-2006, 10:34 PM
I don't care if it has anything to do with Wrigley, it's stupid to encourage the throwing of anything on the field, it should be one of those video messages, escorted out of security deal.

Plus it just looks so dumb, 'They just scored, but the guy threw it back, YAY!!! I'm sure the pitcher feels better about it now'

Lip Man 1
04-16-2006, 10:39 PM
It's totally assinine to throw a ball back when there are kids who would LOVE to have one. That being said what does it say about a person when they don't want to toss it back but 'listen to the druken mob' and do it?

Try growing some stones and tell the mob to piss off.

Lip

Vince
04-16-2006, 10:59 PM
I've always thought it was just plain disrespectful to throw a home run back. It's a difficult thing to accomplish and even though it's the other team, you have to respect that accomplishment -- and hope the Sox hit two more :)

DumpJerry
04-16-2006, 11:09 PM
I was at a game last year when the enemy hit a homer. The chant to throw it back started up....

Then they played a recording that said something along the lines of "don't do it!" by the same guy who did the "come on!" recording they play when an opposing pitcher malingers......the ball was not thrown back.

voodoochile
04-16-2006, 11:13 PM
Didn't some assclown throw back a Griffey HR ball this past week? How much money is that badboy worth 10 years from now? 20 years from now?

In 50 years your grandkid might be able to sell it for enough money to buy a house...

Nellie_Fox
04-17-2006, 12:29 AM
Didn't some assclown throw back a Griffey HR ball this past week? How much money is that badboy worth 10 years from now? 20 years from now?

In 50 years your grandkid might be able to sell it for enough money to buy a house...Except for the fact that you'd never be able to prove it.

Tonight I was watching the news, and the sports kid was doing the Twins/Yankees game. Showing the highlights, when a Yankee homer was shown, he actually said "and the fan who caught it showed he was a real Twins fan, and threw the ball back." I wanted to throw my shoe at the TV.

voodoochile
04-17-2006, 08:42 AM
Except for the fact that you'd never be able to prove it.

Tonight I was watching the news, and the sports kid was doing the Twins/Yankees game. Showing the highlights, when a Yankee homer was shown, he actually said "and the fan who caught it showed he was a real Twins fan, and threw the ball back." I wanted to throw my shoe at the TV.

There is video of the guy catching it. All you'd have to do is have a document noterized along with a video image capture of the ball being caught and then prove chain of posessesion. It would be good enough for most collectors and that is all that matters.

havelj
04-17-2006, 09:31 AM
Most of these dillweeds are the same ones who try to get a Wave going. :angry:


You must have meant to say "drillrods."


:wills

WizardsofOzzie
04-17-2006, 04:30 PM
If i ever get lucky enough to catch a ball, regardless of who hit it and some jackass starts yelling at me to throw it back, im gonna do my best jenks impersonation and fire that ball right at the guy's head

voodoochile
04-17-2006, 04:50 PM
If i ever get lucky enough to catch a ball, regardless of who hit it and some jackass starts yelling at me to throw it back, im gonna do my best jenks impersonation and fire that ball right at the guy's head

And spend the next 15 years in jail for assault and battery...:?:

IlliniSox4Life
04-17-2006, 05:10 PM
I'm one of the many who have never been able to get a foul ball, much less a home run ball. (My mom actually caught one at the old Comiskey and gave it to my older brother who was probably about 7 at the time). I don't really have much of a desire for a home run ball hit by the other team - all it is doing is hurting my team, but I sure do know there are a lot of little kids that would love one, so my plan is to give it to one of them if I ever catch one.

The only exception is a home run ball at Wrigley. If I ever happen to be at Wrigley and happen to catch a Cubs home run ball, I think I am going to write something along the lines of "This is a stupid tradition" on the ball, and then throw it back.

ondafarm
04-17-2006, 06:06 PM
I was at a game with my 4 year old nephew a few years ago and a foul ball bounced around and landed basicly in my lap. I caught it and held onto it for a minute and then gave it to my nephew. Before I could stop him he threw it back onto the field (as little kids are wont to do.) A security guy happened to be right there and he was all huffy about "What'd you think is is Wrigley or sometin'?" He even threatened to throw us out for disturbing play and wouldn't hear at all that it was the kid who threw it. He called for back-up but the section usher came over and explained that he'd seen the whole thing and he said the kid had a heck of an arm. The security guy left us alone but kept an eye on us the rest of the game. It's not only Cub fans that have to be watched for throwing balls back, but little kids as well. It's something about everyone else is throwing balls around, they want to participate.

hellenicsoxfan
04-17-2006, 06:25 PM
did throwing the ball back definitely start at wrigley?

i was at a yankees game last week at some fan tossed a kc dinger back on the field. it thought they only did that at wrigley.

Of course it started at wrigley. Everything started at wrigley. Didn't you know that the Garden of Eden was located at Clark and Addison?

drewcifer
04-17-2006, 06:36 PM
I was watching the Dodgers/Giants game last night on ESPN. During one of Barroids at bats, he hit a foul down the 1st baseline. The 1st baseman (or RFer - don't recall which) gloved it and tossed it out into the stands....

That ball got fired back out at him before ESPN could cut over to another view....

Obvious too, because of the pause waiting for something you couldn't see (plus above average Jon Miller/Joe Morgan babbling for a few seconds)....

Normally I'd say you're an idiot to toss a ball back, but I rather enjoyed that.