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A fan tries to field a foul ball and falls on the field instead.

In the first inning of Friday's Yankees-Mariners game, Curtis Granderson pulled a 1-0 pitch from Kevin Millwood foul to the right side of the field. A fan tried to field it. But instead of fielding it, he fell on the field, and he took some of the stands with him.

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June 19, 2003 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Kid Stuff


Derek Zumsteg

Despite years of Kids' Inning mishaps, the Mariners announce they're bringing the kids again this year to run the show. Derek Zumsteg recounts a few kids' horror stories, including the real reason Lou Piniella left town.

My favorite kids' inning ever was where a girl (from Kent, Wa. I believe) was the PA announcer for a Mariners-Twins game and made the regular announcer (Tom Hutler) look like he was unfit to announce at a Skate King ("Lady's choice...lady's choice..."). She was professional, she didn't ham it up, and she was perfect on every one of the names--A.J. Pierzynski, Doug Mientkiewicz--and if I owned the Mariners and it hadn't been a violation of child labor laws, I'd have fired Hutler on the spot and had the girl continue.

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