I’ve been going to baseball games for over 40 years now and I’ve never once caught a foul ball. Well, I got one at a spring training game, but I didn’t catch it as much as it hit an empty balcony near where I was standing and I walked over to it. And Jonah Keri, who was watching the game with me, bullied me into giving it to a cute, innocent kid below us because he’s just the worst kind of person like that.
Which is to say, nah, I really haven’t caught a foul ball before.
But a couple at last night’s Oakland A’s game caught not just one but two. And they did it without even getting up out of their seats.
A big assist to the dudes who tried to catch them with actual effort but failed. And an assist to the ricochet off the seats down below them on one of ’em. There is wisdom on the part of this couple. They know, it seems, that if one waits long enough for something it’ll come to you.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.