In the major leagues, it is strictly forbidden for spectators to interfere with play during a game. If you catch or interfere with a batted ball that is in play, you will be ejected immediately. Even child fans are no exception.
On the 26th (Korean time), the 2023 Major League Baseball match between the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks was held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. In the bottom of the 7th inning, when Arizona was ahead 8-4, with 2 out on 1st and 3rd base, Arizona Tommy Pam hit a big ball to the left.
It was a home run hit, but Cincinnati left fielder Spencer Steer followed the ball and attempted a jump catch in front of the fence. The moment he entered the glove and became a catch, an unexpected situation occurred. A boy spectator in the spectator stand above the fence on the left stretched out his glove.
A kid fan wearing an Arizona hat and T-shirt snatched the ball from Steer’s glove. Gloves collided, but a child fan snatched the ball. Steer, who fell in front of the fence after the jump, showed a puzzled expression when he found that the ball that was supposed to be in his glove was missing.
The initial decision was a home run, but through video review, it was overturned as a fly ball out in left field due to fan obstruction. Interference was recognized because a child fan climbed over the fence and entered the stadium. Had it not been for the interference of a child fan, the inning would have ended due to Steer’s loss.토토사이트
During the video review, the kid fan received the ‘MVP’ chants from the Arizona home crowd. Fans applauded and cheered for his catch ability that was not like a child, but after the reading, he was ejected according to the rules.
When the stadium security guards took away the child fans and their families, the crowd around them was very sorry. The adult crowd gave encouragement by giving high-fives to the child fans who left their seats. Arizona won the game 10-8.
According to local media such as ‘AP’, after the game, Arizona coach Torrey Robulo said, “After seeing the scene, all the fans in the stadium reacted the same. It was an amazing play. The batted ball was in the steer glove and it looked like the kid stole it. I don’t know how he did it.”
Pam, the main character of the ball, said, “I thought it wouldn’t be a home run when I saw Steer following the ball. He didn’t know the kid had caught the ball until he did the video review. It was obvious sabotage, but the kids don’t know what the rules are. He regretted it, saying, “I feel sorry for the child who was sent off.”