The White Sox are the first team to have installed netting all the way down to the foul poles. Yesterday it paid off. Well, it paid off for the visiting team. Not because of a hot shot down the line, but because it allowed a catch to be made that might not have otherwise been made.
Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil ranged for a foul ball that would normally have drifted into the seats. It was the sort of ball that, yes, a fielder who got to the wall early could’ve cautiously reached into the stands for but which a fielder on the run, like McNeil was, would not have lest he kill himself about 10 fans by diving into the seats at full speed.
But with a net? Easy peasy mac and cheesy:
And people complained that the nets would make things less fun. Pshaw.