What could be better than getting a foul ball at a major league baseball game? In my opinion, not very much.
But, what happens if said ball winds up in your beer? You might be a reasonable person and take the ball out, dry it off, and go on your merry way. Or, like the guy in the video above, you could chug the beer while the ball is still in the cup. In the heat of the moment, many guys would likely go for the second option (and yes, I think this does fall on gender lines – guys are stupid).
In the absence of pumping adrenaline and a crowd egging you on, let’s examine this latter option.
It goes without saying that the ball in your cup is not in pristine condition. Even if relatively new, it has been “handled” by ball players. This is generally not a group known for being squeaky clean – if fact, it is quite the opposite. Between all the tobacco spit, pine tar, eye black, on-hand peeing, and general anything-goes behavior – the general rule is: the dirtier, the better. Therefore, you can bet your bottom dollar that every ball in play is a degree of funky.
I think we all know what you should do – but what would you do?
H/t to Deadspin for the tip.
[As an aside, to MLB – seriously, it is 2012, and you won't allow video on YouTube? Do you really not want anyone to see the great moments of your sport? You don't have the pull of the NFL, and should follow the NBA model. Thank You.]