Actually, it's just a misdemeanor, but only when you throw the ball at the opposing team's left fielder. That's what Cubs fan Paul Solans (pictured, left) learned last night when he hurtled a baseball at Manny Ramirez during Chicago's 7-2 loss to the Dodgers.
Solans caught Dodgers home run and, instead of immediately throwing it back onto the field, attempted to throw it at Ramirez when the Dodgers returned to the field. Security guards "grabbed him" and turned him over to Chicago Police, police said.
Here's Paul's MySpace page, in which he has so cleverly dubbed himself Hercules Rockafeller. He should be executed just for that.
In what has become a ridiculous 'tradition' at ballparks around the country, baseball fans love to catch home run balls hit by the opponent and then throw 'em back onto the field. The crowd urges them on and cheers when the ball gets tossed; if the fan decides to keep the ball, he is showered with jeers and, sometimes, plastic Miller Lite bottles.
I don't understand the practice. If I ever caught a home run ball, I'd keep it regardless of who hit it. Throwing it back onto the field will either reward the visiting player who hit it if the ballboy decides to return it to the visitors dugout or reward some dumb kid who happens to be sitting along the foul line. And if one is going to throw a ball at Manny, AIM BETTER.
Correction: it was a warmup ball, not a home run ball. Still doesn't change my ridiculous opinions.