In what was an insult to injury moment for the Detroit Tigers Sunday night, Prince Fielder was a victim of fan interference in the bottom of the ninth inning. The stakes couldn’t have been much higher. The winning run was on second base and the Tigers were fighting hard to get the game to extra innings. Then, a Steve Bartman moment happened. Fielder reached into the crowd to come up with a pop fly foul ball and he just couldn’t reel it in. The Boston Red Sox would go on to win via a wild pitch and a single from Jeff Saltalamacchia.
So it begs the question – did Fielder and the Tigers get Bartman’d?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a video clip of the incident to embed due MLB‘s stinginess with YouTube clips. All we have is this glorious GIF, of who we can only assume is Steve Bartman Jr. telling Fielder ‘see ya, pal.’
But in all seriousness, I do believe this was a clear case of fan interference. This seems to be happening all to often in baseball these days. Fans are so eager to catch foul balls and without thinking (or thinking in this case), they screw up the game. This ball hit Fielder’s glove and yes he should have still caught it. But if those fans aren’t eagerly grabbing at that ball like it’s the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory, I think the first baseman hauls it in.
Luckily for the Red Sox, their fans are smart enough to do this to the opposing team. Steve Bartman decided to challenge a player on his team for a stupid foul ball and now he’s in the witness protection program.