When Mike Piazza’s ground-rule double bounced over the right field wall tonight at Dolphins Stadium, there wasn’t one fan ready to catch it. Not one person had stood up. The ball landed in an empty staircase and rattled around for at least a second or two before anyone reacted. Why?

For some reason, most fans are never prepared for balls to bounce into the seats, even in batting practice. It’s amazing. Don’t let this happen to you. Don’t give up on a ball just because it’s falling short of the wall. Remember that the warning track is hard.


I caught a ground rule double during batting practice at Camden Yards. It almost spun right out of my glove.

Not surprising. The track at Camden (as I’m sure you realized) is made of rubber and is therefore extra-bouncy.

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