I’ve attended hundreds of professional baseball games in my four-plus decades on this earth, and I’ve grabbed exactly one “foul ball” in my life. And that wasn’t even technically a foul ball as, at the old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland — remember where the bullpens were located, old-timers? — a reliever bounced a warm-up pitch off the ground, the catcher and then the left-field foul pole before it landed, literally, in my unaware lap.
The circumstances didn’t matter; I had an official MLB baseball in my hands — and I still have it — and I was absolutely jacked about it. There’s almost nothing like that prize when you’re a kid. Or when you’re the starting quarterback of a Power Five football program, it seems.
Cal’s Jared Goff is such a player, and he was at the San Francisco Giants game Thursday night. And he was on the receiving end of a baseball courtesy of a ground-rule double. And he acted EXACTLY the same way I did when I got mine.
Bravo, Mr. Goff. That was refreshing, seeing you channel your inner kid over something as simple as a baseball.