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Today’s must-see video: Why Sox fans are the best fans

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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When Sox catcher Tyler Flowers lost his grip on his bat on a second-inning swing, it sailed into the seats at U.S. Cellular Field. A fan seated in the first row, identified by MLB’s Cut 4 website as Eileen Depesa, speared the flying bat one-handed after it bounced off the top of the dugout and prevented it from injuring anyone.

Depesa had to return the bat, but as she told Cut 4, “I was more concerned with protecting the baby seated behind me.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


22 Comments
  1. - Formerpol - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    Why did she return the bat? Isn’t it like a baseball hit into the stands???


  2. - Stones - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    It was a heck of a save by that lady. Her husband / boyfriend sitting next to her obviously wanted no part of the flying bat. Any chance we can sign her to the Blackhawks to replace Crawford?


  3. - NoNameNick - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    Stones:
    As a Blues fan I will gladly trade you straight up Crawford for Miller! Actually there’s another Chicago team across town that might be able to use good hands like this lady.


  4. - DuPage - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    They should give her a free season pass. She most likely saved someone from serious injury.


  5. - Upon Further Review - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:39 am:

    Injuries are a known risk incidental to attending a baseball game. It worries me that some fans are oblivious (cell phone users) and others put young children at risk. Back in the day, I could never recall infants at sporting events.

    Be careful and stay safe.


  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    –Why did she return the bat? Isn’t it like a baseball hit into the stands???–

    Bats are confiscated for obvious reasons — big club, beer, hot days.

    I’ve heard cases where those who caught a bat in the stands were given some other gear, but not a bat.

    MLB bats are generally custom-made for individual players and cost about $400 each.


  7. - Living in Machiaville - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    “why sox fans are the best fans.” , Well at least the woman fans have the cojones to save babies and cowering guys!


  8. - Black Ivy - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:47 am:

    I had forgotten, Rich Miller, what a diehard Chicago White Sox fan you are! I am too…I mean I REALLY love my team. Since the Chicago Blackhawks are slowly breaking my heart, I will be giving my Chicago White Sox my full attention soon! They won the series against the NY Yankees…Abreu rocks…2nd in the AL Central. Lookin’ like a promising season!!!


  9. - Anonymous - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 12:11 pm:

    - NoNameNick - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    Stones:
    As a Blues fan I will gladly trade you straight up Crawford for Miller! Actually there’s another Chicago team across town that might be able to use good hands like this lady.

    Considering Miller is going to be a free agent there is no need to trade for him if we want him.


  10. - a drop in - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 12:29 pm:

    Word, balls in the stands are just as dangerous if thrown so I think it’s your last item mentioned (cost).


  11. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    Drop, I think I could inflict a lot more sustained damage in a crowd with a Louisville slugger than my fastball, lol.

    Black Ivy, if you had but the faith of a mustard seed…..

    Remember, Hawks were down 3-1 to the Wings last year.

    But last night was the worst I’ve seen the Hawks play all year. Kings have been one of the best teams in hockey for years. You’ve got to bring your A game.

    Puck drops at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Madhouse for Game 5.


  12. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    Sox fans like baseball, so getting drunk in the bleachers at Wrigley isn’t an option for them. They like to know what is happening at a game.

    Cub fans wear make up at their games.
    Sox fans put brush their teeth. Sometimes.


  13. - Mason born - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    Wow nice catch. They should have had the bat delivered to her house post game. No security problems with the bat in the stands. For that matter i don’t care what it costs she earned.


  14. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    Marry me?

    Yours forever,

    Southpaw the mascot


  15. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    If every fan had a bat, the ballpark would be a safer place.


  16. - logic not emotion - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:36 pm:

    They should have gotten the bat back, told her to stop at ___ on way out and then given her some signed souvenirs (such as that very bat).


  17. - 6-4-3 - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:38 pm:

    William Ligue Jr and his son totally agree!


  18. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    Thank God it wasn’t a White Sox player relied on to catch the bat. A Cubs player, either, for that matter.


  19. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    === it wasn’t a White Sox player relied on to catch the bat===

    Check the standings lately?


  20. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 1:49 pm:

    Rich, they’re in the hunt because they can hit, but they’re pretty bad in the field.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/fielding


  21. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, May 27, 14 @ 8:01 pm:

    That was a phenomenal, one-handed grab on her part and saved that baby girl’s life! In MY opinion, Mr. REINSdorf should hold a special ceremony at some point before a Game soon, just to commend her and give her a Plaque and Free Seasons Tickets, AND the Mother with the baby girl should ALso at least get free, signed gear from Tyler Flowers (meeting HIM personally, too) to boot…!


  22. - Upon Further Review - Wednesday, May 28, 14 @ 12:17 am:

    Going to see the Sox over the weekend.


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