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Why does the UNCW security staff seize foul balls from people who catch them at baseball games?

Chuck Carree

It is  a matter of economics. Baseballs cost $53 a dozen, and during an average game, the Seahawks go through three dozen balls. The reason they make announcements over the public address system to please return all foul balls to the first base  dugout is that balls put out of play in a game are used as practice balls during batting practice and fielding drills.

That is why the security staff seizes the foul balls. In truth, the team rarely recovers many foul balls during a game. As for cost, also keep in mind the Seahawks play 33 home game. If you do the math, you can understand wanting to retain as many balls as possible.

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3 Responses to “ Why does the UNCW security staff seize foul balls from people who catch them at baseball games?”

  1. On May 8, 2010 at 12:08 am Joe wrote:

    If you cannot afford to supply your team with baseballs for the season, then perhaps baseball should be eliminated as a sport at the school. When you have to harass fans who attend the game for a foul ball, it’s time to evaluate the real value of the program. Is the sport just a drain on the school’s resources? If not, then why are you harassing the fans for foul balls. High schools, Little Leagues are a different story, but if you’re paying to attend a college game, then they should pay for their own balls and budget for foul balls.

  2. On May 8, 2010 at 10:39 am Ken Shields wrote:

    As a person who has attended ball games all my life, and have either scrambled myself to get a foul ball, or watched as one of my children scrambled after one, I can’t say I”m entirely sold on the idea of having to give these ‘treasures and trophies’ back. To me it’s a part of the game, and at least to me, is a part of the tradition of baseball. I’m not sure what the going rate is now for attending a UNCW baseball game, but $4.42 seems to me to be a small price to pay for what might be a person’s only legitimate chance at developing a memory that may last them a life time, or provide them with a small token or treasure that they may pass on to their children, or other future generations of baseball fans.

  3. On May 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm Scott wrote:

    A thought… When I was little and used to go to the Post 10 games all the kids would be out catching the foul balls. Why? Well, because it was fun and because you could return the balls to the concession stand for a free soda or hot dog. Maybe they should try something like that.

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