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This post was written by Johanna Wagner on April 5, 2014
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If you aren’t socially media adept, you may have missed the piece of video that went viral yesterday.  Cardinal Matt Adams went into the stands to try to make a catch, which a fan ended up making.  It was clearly in the stands, so no fan interference was called.  As Adams was righting himself, he seems to shove the fan.  Perhaps he was catching his balance, and perhaps he was retaliating for the perceived blocking of the ball.  Hard to tell what was happening in the video, and Adams is surprised by the questioning afterwards, which kind of tells you he wasn’t spending a lot of time thinking about it.

Fans of both the Cardinals and the Reds feel some solid enmity for the other team, as well, so the fans reaction to Adams, which is a strong gesture with his non-gloved hand, certainly does not on its own mean that much happened.  Here is a link to the MLB video of the moment. What do you think?

Mark Lerner, Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals, says the team has maxed out its budget.  That means there is no more money to go out and find players, should the Nationals need them to make their expected run at a playoff this year.  That could handcuff the GM a bit, or it could force him to become quite creative.  Either way, fans shouldn’t be too concerned that ownership isn’t behind winning.  The team currently has a $140 million payroll, and has some depth, so there are pieces that can be traded.  Here is more from Adam Kilgore.

Lastly, I am trying to get back into the rhythm of blogging everyday.  It helps when folks comment, so I know someone has missed the updates.  I have also become much more active on social media, so make sure you check out @Johanna_Wagner on twitter or even instagram @lmt_johanna.

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“If you aren’t socially media adept (loser)”…they even showed it on MLB TV.

And can you imagine that before the video highlight, I had to watch some lame BLACK FRIDAY HOME DEPOT commercial.

If a fan goes on the field they get arrested, and rightfully so. If a player goes into the stand and hits a fan maybe they should be arrested.

Im sure that a ticket on the right field foul line must cost a few dollars, so I think the fans are entitled to catch balls in the stand.

What would have happened if the fan hitthe player back ? Sounds like another big decison for Bud Selig before he retires.

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Written By Thirsty MacBride on April 5th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

I am sorry if you thought I was deriding you because of the social media- it was a story that I only saw on social media, and not elsewhere online. My apologies. I love my readers.

While I agree with you about a player who intentionally goes into the stands, ie Ty Cobb who beat up a handicapped man, I think a player that goes into the stands for a ball is a different think. Jeter, after all, dove into the stands and was dubbed a hero, right?

Now if others around the guy say that Adams purposely shoved the fan, yes, punish him. But there fact that the fan gave a gesture certainly doesn’t prove intent.

Oh, yes- and I had to watch the Home Depot add too- blame MLB

#2 
Written By Johanna Wagner on April 12th, 2014 @ 9:03 am

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