Next time someone takes you out to the ball game, score yourself a Major League baseball with these winning tips.
Step 1: Get the right seat To increase your chances of catching a foul ball, get a seat in the second-level loge, either behind home plate or near the foul poles—they’re the poles attached to the outfield fence at the ends of both foul lines. To catch a home run, sit behind the outfield.
TIP: An aisle seat provides maximum movement.
Step 2: Do your homework If you’re going to be sitting in the outfield, learn where individual hitters are more likely to send a home run ball. There are web sites that can provide this insider info.
Step 3: Go early Arrive at the stadium in time for batting practice, when you might be able to catch errant balls. Some teams also engage in a fast-paced fielding warm-up known as 'pepper,' which provides another great opportunity. Most stadiums open an hour or two before the game.
TIP: Don’t let your guard down! Many times a player hits one ball right after another into the seats during batting practice.
Step 4: Keep your glove on Keep your glove on whenever a batter is up.
Step 5: Stay on your toes Take every opportunity to be on your feet so you have a jump start on balls. Just take care not to annoy the folks sitting behind you!
Step 6: Pay attention Pay attention to the pitches. Balls are mostly fouled off fastballs and curveballs, and are more likely to occur when a batter is behind in the count.
Step 7: Adjust for lefties If you’re in a position to move around the stadium, head toward right field when a left-hander is at bat; balls tend to sail in the opposite direction of the batter’s stance.
FACT: The fan who caught the Barry Bonds home-run ball that broke Hank Aaron’s record sold it for $752,467.20.