So according to USA Today, a Chicago Cubs fan is seeking more than $50,000 in damages after a foul ball broke his nose and left him blind in one eye. “I knew foul balls go into the stands,” Jay Loos says. “I guess I had no idea how fast they went. It was like a missile.” Hoo boy. We wish him all the best, but in the meantime, here are some characters who feel much differently about the game. To qualify as a truly crazy MLB fan, you’ve got to do something outrageous—like get tased for your team, build a stadium in your backyard or wear your baseball love on your skin like the gentleman above. See what we mean on the following pages...
Pittsburgh Pole Climbers: In 1909 people were into different things than today. They didn’t have Facebook. Instead, they had climbing onto a pole with eight of your closest friends to get a good look at a Pirates game.
Red Sox Nation: Red Sox Nation did it all to eliminate the Curse of the Bambino. Fans hired exorcists to cleanse Fenway. A man placed a Sox cap at the summit of Mt. Everest and burned a Yankees cap. And they declared the curse broken not when they actually won a World Series, but when a Manny Ramirez foul ball knocked two teeth from the mouth of a teen who grew up in Babe Ruth’s old house.
Benjamin Christensen: This guy went ahead and got every MLB mascot tattooed on his body. The work isn’t half bad and incorporates classic moments like Dock Ellis’ acid-fueled no-hitter.
Zack Hample: Baseball fans like facts, stats and trivia. They pride themselves on knowing things that other baseball fans don’t. Well, Zack Hample knows where to catch a ball in every stadium in the country. He currently has a collection of more than 7,000 baseballs caught at games.
Bert Bouwman: Who doesn’t love a good corn maze? Popular in the more bucolic regions of the United States, these are a staple of fall festivals. Well, Bert Bouwman went ahead and made this masterpiece of Minnesota fandom, but it still doesn’t beat...
Pat O’Connor: …the Vermont guy who constructed a scale model of Fenway in his backyard. He built it and now they come. To play wiffle ball, of course.
Steve Consalvi: How big of a fan is Steve Consalvi? Honestly we’re not sure. But he boldly stormed onto the field at Citizens Bank Park only to become the first and only non-violent fan to get tased by security. And the dude was obviously prepared to run—why else wear spandex under cargo shorts?