Fan Rips Puig Home Run Ball From Sister-in-Law, Throws It Back on Field
Game 5 between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a bit of everything, even a little familial strife.
Screen capture via Twitter/FOX
The public was introduced to a new villain last night during the World Series when an extremely salty man ripped a home run ball out of a woman's hand in the ninth inning and threw it back on the field.
Now, the woman just had a pretty cool and incredibly rare moment (if you're not a ballhawking weirdo, anyway): she just caught a home run ball! In the World Series! But, as you can tell from the clip, these people are all Astros fans and that home run ball had just been hit by Yasiel Puig for two runs in the ninth to bring the Dodgers within 12-11 of an absolutely bonkers game that lasted over five hours and featured the Dodgers blowing a four-run lead and a three-run lead, 417 combined pitches, and seven total home runs. So it was a bittersweet moment to be sure.
Seeing as how the guy in this scene didn't actually catch the home run, he had nothing to be happy about. So he did what any salty man does: he acted like a baby and threw a fit, snatching the ball from the woman and heaving it toward the field.
The Houston Chronicle spoke to the woman, Sarah Head, and the man, Kirk Head, who are brother- and sister-in-law, and Kirk basically admitted to be an overbearing mansplainer:
It's a Minute Maid Park tradition that all home runs from the visiting team get thrown back.
Sarah knew all about that tradition and was totally cool with it.
"I just would have liked to have been able to throw it back myself," Sarah said.
Kirk said he didn't have the patience to wait on Sarah, especially with his Astros in the process of blowing a three-run lead.
"It's bad karma to keep it," Kirk said. "You've got to throw it back. I was just making sure she did."
Other options than theft: "Hey, you should throw that back, it's bad karma." Or maybe something like "You know what you have to do now, right?" Or, "Hey, could you give me the ball so I can throw it back and avoid all the bad karma like, say, the Dodgers tying the game back up later in this inning and forcing extra innings?"
Nevertheless, the Astros won Game 5 13-12, and took a 3-2 series lead, thanks to a walk-off single from Alex Bregman in the tenth inning.
Correction: Due to an editing error, this story mistakenly credited Alex Bregman with a walk-off home run in the tenth inning, not a walk-off single.