Game 5 of the 2017 World Series was absolutely wild. With Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel starting, multiple lead changes, comebacks and home runs were not expected. But playoff baseball doesn’t go according to the norm, often the complete opposite.
After a slugfest saw the Astros up 12-9 with one out in the top of the ninth, victory looked to be within reach. Yasiel Puig was down 0-2 in the count, and battled to take a changeup over the short porch in left for a two run home run.
That was a very good pitch, and Puig did a great job of staying threw it and driving it out of the ballpark. When the ball did reach the seats, it rattled around a few hands before a female Astros fan secured it and cerebrated. Within seconds, the ball was back on the field.
Buddy’s wife caught a World Series home run ball and his friend STOLE IT AND THREW IT BACK! pic.twitter.com/Maaq8zj8Ia— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 30, 2017
Now a little back story on this situation. The fan that threw the ball back and the fan who caught it are in-laws. That makes this a little bit better, but still not acceptable. He did what any home fan would do, especially in the World Series. But he had no right to toss that back because he didn’t catch it. Reaching over another fan to get it, then to muscle it and throw it back is a bad move.
The home run by Puig set the record for most home runs in a World Series in history. The fan that caught it could have gotten a nice payday from the Astros, the MLB and possibly the Hall of Fame. But instead, it was retrieved by the ball boy and given to the right people. The fan was reached by Yahoo Sports and asked about his actions. His answer? “[Expletive] the Dodgers.”