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    question about foul balls given to fans

    does anyone know why the ballgirl or ballboy at GABP doesn't give the foul balls to the fans like they do at other stadiums. i know they are told not to but wonder why compared to everyone else?
    there's nothing like bowling a 300 game! 13 now and retired.


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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    We're a small market organization.

    Save pennies where you can.
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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Leader
    We're a small market organization.

    Save pennies where you can.
    Absolutely. You know how everyone always said that we could have had Tony Womack for a bucket of balls? Well....
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Leader
    We're a small market organization.

    Save pennies where you can.
    Agreed.

    Remember on opening day they made people give up any baseballs coming in? where do you think those went??
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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Leader
    We're a small market organization.

    Save pennies where you can.
    Can the balls be re-used? I didn't think that they could be. Umpires usually put balls out of play as soon as they touch the ground, so I can't imagine that they would allow balls to keep being used like that just because a team wants to save money.

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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    Quote Originally Posted by MattyMo4Life
    Can the balls be re-used? I didn't think that they could be. Umpires usually put balls out of play as soon as they touch the ground, so I can't imagine that they would allow balls to keep being used like that just because a team wants to save money.
    The balls are used for BP but never in a game again.
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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    I think its crazy myself not giving the balls to the fans.They come to a ballgame to watch their team win and to get a game ball.Yes they might be saving money but imo they should find some other way to save money and give the balls to fans.
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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelhouse
    The balls are used for BP but never in a game again.
    If the ball is not damaged, it could be used again.

    Go to the gift shop. YOu will always find game used balls for sale.

    I have caught a few batting practice homeruns and the baseballs are brand new. The only mark on them is from the bat. Actual game balls are dirty from the mud umpires put on them. If you ever get a ball from a pitcher in the bullpen, it will be a game ball. They are the same color. Had Danny Graves give us a ball and it looked like a game used foul ball I have.

    What is amazing, I went to games my whole life and never came close to getting a ball.

    I finally got one at Indy when the Reds has there AAA team there I was like 32. I have a Donnie Sadler grounder that I got off the ground with my hat. Still Treasure it.

    I almost got a Sean Casey ball on a July 4th game. It hit my hand and bounced under my feet. A guy came over and lifted my foot off the ball my seat and took it. I was ticked.

    A couple of years ago we attended a game vs. the Pirates on Easter Sunday.

    We actually got 4 balls that day. We were sitting in leftfield stands in the first row. I caught two on the fly, had Mondesi throw one up the kids and after the game had a guy give the boys a ball that we saw Danny Graves throw up to him.

    We gave one of the fly balls to a kid who was standing beside us and was trying to get a ball. His dad thanked me a million times. I told him we had two already at the time and the joy of coming to the game is the chance to get an actual major league ball.

    I gave the Graves ball to my nephew.

    That is where I got the comments about the color of the balls etc.....
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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    No idea, but I have a guess or two...

    * The REDS put a limit on the post-1994-strike fan-friendly thing. They wereon a 5-year plan while other teams are still being fan-friendly. It might have something to do w/ the small market thing.

    * The REDS have been accumulating the saved pennies for each foulball that they deny to the fans. Sometime around 2015, they hope they can afford a legit #2 starter... something that has not been seen in these parts since the REDS wore low stirrup socks, high pants legs and (dorky) black shoes.

    * Building and PAYING for a new stadium just did not seem like enough to justify giving a free used baseball to the fans who paid for that stadium. Give 'em a free ball and they'll want the world next... those pesky fans.

    Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.

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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    "Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY

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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    Back in 2004, I sat in the first row along the right field line. These seats were right behind the rolled up tarp and were also right behind the ballboy for that side of the field (I hesitate to call him 'boy' because he appeared to be about 25 years old).

    Anyway, during a similar conversation with him, he claimed to me that he would be fired on the spot if he gave a ball away in the stands. The only exception would be if a Reds player directed him to do so (which Kearns did a few times that night).

    FWIW, ball 'man' appeared to be deadly serious about his claim. So much, in fact, that I think it made him nervous to even discuss the policy with me.

    "Uhm...I may have said too much already..."

    Not quite THAT bad...but I think you get the picture.
    Last edited by Blimpie; 04-27-2006 at 04:26 PM.
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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Blimpie
    Back in 2004, I sat in the first row along the right field line. These seats were right behind the rolled up tarp and were also right behind the ballboy for that side of the field (I hesitate to call him 'boy' because he appeared to be about 25 years old).

    Anyway, during a similar conversation with him, he claimed to me that he would be fired on the spot if he gave a ball away in the stands. The only exception would be if a Reds player directed him to do so (which Kearns did a few times that night).

    FWIW, ball 'man' appeared to be deadly serious about his claim. So much, in fact, that I think it made him nervous to even discuss the policy with me.

    "Uhm...I may have said too much already..."

    Not quite THAT bad...but I think you get the picture.


    if that is true that is really sad. watching all these other teams small or big market giving these balls away is a slap in the face to us. the fact the tax payers built them a stadium they should be kissing a$$ to do things for us.
    there's nothing like bowling a 300 game! 13 now and retired.


    Ricky henderson has a higher OBP than C. patterson and he's retired. C. Trent 6-14-2008

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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    I thought the policy was initiated a few years ago by DanO in an attempt to acquire the necessary balls to pull the trigger on a trade or two.

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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    I've always thought this made the Reds look cheap. I don't think the fans should expect to be given balls for free but if everyone else is doing it....

    Maybe the new ownership will do something about this.

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    Re: question about foul balls given to fans

    The previous ownership was in the insurance business, so I've always assumed it was a liability issue. The Reds may be afraid that Ball Boy's errant toss into the stands could plunk someone on the head or that fans will hurt themselves or other fans by diving for it. The release on the back of the ticket covers the team for balls sent into the stands during the course of play, but not for balls deliberately sent there by employees.

    Maybe some of the lawyers or aspiring lawyers among us can enlighten us as to whether this could be the case?


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