News

Fan grabs 4 foul balls at Indians game

Fan grabs 4 foul balls at Indians game

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher C.C. Lee delivers in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Cleveland. The Indians won 6-4. Photo: Associated Press/Tony Dejak

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians say a lucky fan at Sunday’s game caught four foul balls, a once-in-several-lifetimes achievement.

The team said Greg Van Niel, a season-ticket holder, hauled in four souvenir balls during the Indians’ 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. Van Niel said he wasn’t sitting in his usual seats, but he was able to catch three balls and that one was a “pick-up” he tossed to another fan. Van Niel said he planned to give the three other balls to kids that were part of his group.

Van Niel posed for a picture holding three of the souvenirs for the Indians. He said he had never caught a foul ball before his amazing one-day haul.

There were 15,431 other fans at the Indians’ final game before the All-Star break, but it’s safe to bet none had a day quite like Van Niel.

Recent Headlines

22 mins ago in Local

Your Favorite Places to Eat, Shop, See

Fresh
lincoln home

Visit Springfield will give away prizes

22 hours ago in Local

Central Illinois Mitsubishi Plant Sold to Liquidation Firm

mitsubishi

Maynards Industries will take possession of the property in Normal on June 1.

22 hours ago in Local

Illinois Man Charged With Threatening Prosecutor

arrest clipart

Travis Withers of Brooklyn, Illinois has been charged with threatening the life of St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.

23 hours ago in Local

Flooding Leaves Behind Sand, Debris in Illinois County

flood clip art

Debris piles and massive sand deposits were left behind after waters went through the breach of the Len Small Levee.

23 hours ago in Local

U of Illinois Reaches Agreement with Non-tenured Faculty

university illinois

A contract ratification vote will be held later in the week.