Disputed Calls: Should adult fans bring their gloves to the game?
The 2013 season has seen its share of great fan catches so far, of both the glove-assisted and bare-handed variety. Adult baseball fans' attitudes toward bringing a glove to the game vary wildly. Is it a ballpark necessity? Or a childish faux pas? We debate, you decide ...
Should you bring your glove to the ballpark? Let's do some long division:
An average of 30,895 people attended each Major League game in 2012. Most games require 40-50 baseballs. Even accounting for variations in single-game attendance and concentration of souvenir balls in various areas of the ballpark, the odds of any individual fan actually encountering a foul ball or a home run are exceedingly low.
And if you're not using your glove to catch a ball, you're just wasting a limb that could otherwise expedite donut burger consumption.
Now, the desire to imitate your big league heroes is understandable, as is the fantasy of somehow joining the on-field action. But wearing a replica pair of David Wright's orange spikes won't help you traverse concrete stadium ramps any faster and we pity any Buster Posey supporter actually wearing an athletic supporter in the grandstand. Bringing your glove to the game isn't so different from gearing up with that outlandish professional accoutrement.
Personally, I wouldn't bring my glove to the ol' ball game even if I knew with 100 percent certainty that a homer ball was headed my way. The gloved catch, seen every night in every ballyard across this fair nation, is met with a polite round of applause and then immediately forgotten. A barehanded snag, however, is immortalized in the canon of fan greatness and could potentially lead to a professional cricket tryout.
But that's all beside the point. If you want a souvenir ball, your best chance is to hit the gift shop. Don't bring your glove to the game.
So what do you think? Are you pro-glove or anti-glove? Let us know in the comments!