A baseball game is a great place to spend an evening with family, friends, or a significant other.  Up at the major league level it’s a little pricey, but if you poke around on the Internet, you can find a good enough deal to make a trip to the ballpark more than worth your while.

Depending on when you get there and where your seats are, there’s a chance you may even walk out of the stadium with a souvenir baseball courtesy of a foul ball or a friendly ball boy.

One of the more exciting prospects of going to a ballgame is the possibility of catching a foul ball or a home run.  I’m not entirely sure why, because nearly every ball that a fan catches is worthless.  Sure, maybe you catch a record-breaking home run ball or some player’s first career jack that they’re willing to swap for an autograph or two, but for the most part, the thrill of the foul ball is in the catch itself.

The other day, a Houston fan identified only as Beau took his girlfriend out to the see the Astros take on the division-leading Braves.  He scored some pretty nice seats down the left field line, prime real estate for foul balls.  

And wouldn’t you know it, in the fourth inning a Houston player loops a line drive down the left field line and right at the happy couple.  The young man stands up in front of his girlfriend…and ducks out of the way at the last minute, letting the ball hit her squarely on the arm.

What a gentleman.

As you can see in the video, his first instinct after the young lady gets hit is to dive under the seats for the ball, which he hangs on to for dear life and doesn’t show any indication of handing it to his girl.

This guy takes a young lady to a ballgame and bails on a foul ball so that she takes the hit instead of him.  Real chivalrous, Captain Cool.  We regularly see fans at ballparks across America sacrificing their bodies, beers, and brats for a chance at a foul ball.  Beau sacrificed his girlfriend.

Maybe he was concerned that the tilt of his hat remained unchanged or that by protecting his girlfriend he would leave what appears to be a dead rat carcass on his chin unprotected.  Whatever his reasoning, at least he got a fantastic story to tell at his fraternity’s next beer pong tournament.

The young couple ended up getting interviewed by FSN’s field reporter and the girl didn’t sound all that enthusiastic about her man’s performance.  His excuse was that he lost it in the lights, but that’s a cheap cop out.  Matt Holliday found out that that excuse doesn’t always fly in last season’s NLDS against the Dodgers.  

The reporter also completed Beau’s “Loser Ensemble” by outfitting him with a pair of over-sized white sunglasses to help with the glare, which he promptly put on despite it being a night game.  I can almost smell the three cans of Axe that he used before picking up little miss sunshine before the game.

Rule No. 44 from NCIS is “First things first—hide the women and children.”  That applies as much to foul balls as it does to war and natural disasters.

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