Baseball in beer? To some that might sound like a waste of an $8 beverage. But to those of us who truly love both baseball and beer, it is in fact the most awesome thing that could happen to you at a baseball game.
Why? Well for one, the physical coming together of a baseball and beer is symbolic of the pseudo-sacremental role beer plays in America’s pastime. And that’s kind of neat. But more importantly, if a baseball lands in your beer and you chug it, you become cool in the eyes of the internet. And you really cannot put a price on that.
Today, in light of a recent spate of baseball in beer incidents around Major League Baseball—which surely is some sort of sign from the baseball gods—we’ve compiled a complete recent history of fans who snagged souvenirs in their suds so you can see what to do and what not to do should something this amazing ever happen to you.
Over the weekend, a San Francisco Giants player picked up a foul ball that rolled by the dugout and threw it to some kids up in the stands. However, those kids muffed the catch and the ball ricocheted into the beer of a guy sitting a few rows in front of them.
So what did this presumably rich guy do? Did he get all pissed off? Did he act indignant? No way. He stood up, took a bow, and chugged his baseball beer like a boss.
Well done, sir.
11. Lucky Giants Fan (April 2015)
Unfortunately, we don't know if this Mariners fan showed his appreciation to the baseball gods by chugging the beer. The clip we have is too short. But he sure did hold up the cup with pride. So I'm thinking if there was still any nectar left in it, he probably chugged it.
10. Mariners Fan Gets Lucky (August 2013)
I love this clip. At first you think, oh, cool, that guy caught the foul ball with his beer! Then they show the entire thing and you see he actually bobbled the ball (just like a real Chicago Cub!) into his girlfriend's beer, then snatched it right out of her hands...which is just embarrassing.
But don't worry, Cubs fans. We've got a few more examples coming up that are going to totally redeem Cubs you guys.
9. Fortuitous Fumble (July 2012)
See? This Cubs fan didn't blow it. He may have bobbled the ball into his beer, but at least it was his beer, and at least he chugged it like a pro, much to the delight of the other fans in his section.
8. Cubs Bro (April 2015)
This Red Sox fan did not chug what was left of his beer, which is normally a serious infraction of baseball in beer etiquette. However, he did take a sip. And in his defense, it looks like he might have been entertaining clients, or at the very least attending the game with co-workers. He probably just didn't want to do anything that would make him look like a drunk—like chug an entire beer on television.
7. Red Sox Business Dude (June 2011)
Now, for this infraction there is no excuse. This woman caught a ball in her beer and gave it to the guy next to her to chug? I don't care if that guy was her husband. This isn't tax law. You can't just transfer the responsibility for drinking a baseball beer to your spouse. You've got to chug it yourself.
6. Red Sox Party Foul (July 2013)
Of course, there are a few valid excuses for not chugging a beer after a baseball lands in it. "I'm pregnant and I was just holding it for somebody else" is one. "The ball was a home run and it totally annihilated my beer" is another.
That last one applies to the woman you see in this video. Those kids with the gloves sitting next to her totally let her down.
5. Beer Annihilation (July 2014)
See? I told you Cubs fans would be redeemed. And we're not even done yet. Keep going to see one more badass Cubs fan.
4. Badass Bleacher Dude (May 2012)
Now this guy is a champ. That wasn't some half-empty beer the ball landed in. (And yes, when it's beer we're talking about, the glass is always half empty.) That was a brand new, 16-ouncer. And yet, after pausing to take a few photos, he chugged the whole damn thing. #AmericanHero
3. Padres Bro (May 2012)
Speaking of awesome dudes, how about this Mariners fan? Not only did he intentionally catch a foul ball in a full beer. After he made the grab, he proudly held the thing up like a warrior before drinking the whole thing down.
Sure, some might dock him a few points for all the spillage. But have you ever tried chugging a beer with a baseball in it? I suspect that might alter the flow rate and get you off your game. So I'll cut the guy some slack.
2. Mariners Fan Epic Chug (April 2013)
Last but not least, we have this female Chicago Cubs fan, a.k.a. every heterosexual male or homosexual female baseball fan's dream girl. Over the weekend at Wrigley, she caught a ball in her beer and chugged it like a boss.
Obviously, this woman is a hero. They'll probably build a statue of her outside Wrigley Field.
1. Cubs Dream Girl (April 2015)
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