If Paul Konerko hits a ball into a cupholder, and no one is there to see it, does it make a sound?
On Friday evening, the White Sox hosted the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field. As fans eagerly awaited the ballpark's opening for the first weekend series of the season, batting practice balls littered the stands.
At 4:34 pm CT, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko hit a liner that sailed foul, landing in a cup holder just three rows up.
This is the story of that ball:
4:34 pm: Batting practice ball lands in a cup holder in section 151, row 3, seat 1 of U.S. Cellular Field.
5:00 pm: 28 U.S. Cellular Field employees make their routine gameday sweep for batting practice balls. The ball in the cup holder goes unnoticed.
5:35 pm: U.S. Cellular Field gates open to the public.
5:40 pm: A fan hoping to catch a foul batting practice ball stands next to the cup holder. Again, the ball is overlooked. Another fan passes.
5:45 pm: A group of three fans stand directly next to the ball in the cup holder. Two more fans pass.
6:03 pm: The ball in the cup holder is finally discovered after an hour and 29 minutes (28 minutes after U.S. Cellular Field opened to the public).
-- Evan Vladem / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent