I updated this after the initial reaction on Twitter. Read below the picture…
Dude, please stop.
I’m talking about the guy who has season tickets out in section 51 of Rangers ballpark. This is the guy who in the last few years has a habit of running out on the field, catching home run balls and throwing them back. He’s been doing this for some time now. I don’t recall offhand when he first started doing this, but I recall for sure seeing it during the 2011 season. The earliest I can (quickly) find was this reference to a game in September 2011.
When he started doing this, it was kind of cool. Even amusing. I used to get a kick out of it. Not anymore. I am starting to hate when opponents hit home runs out there. Not because of my objecting to throwing home run balls back (which is another entire discussion), but the fact that this guy dominates home run balls. I mean seriously – he seems to want to be “the man” out there, and that’s why I have a problem with this. If I were a parent in that area, I’d be really pissed off, because Trent Williams near me means my kid has no hope of getting a home run ball.
In the last 5-6 years or so we’ve seen a few incidents of fans who have gotten foul balls that kept some kid from getting the ball – and there’s been a lot of outcry against that kind of thing. I recall one or two even making it to being stories on the local news about “give the kid the ball”. That’s how I see this now. Used to be when there was a home run out there, you’d see a pile of kids going after the ball, and that’s fun to watch. Not anymore – its’ become the Trent Williams show. He just HAS to catch the ball on the fly and throw it back. I strongly disagree with that. Let the kids pile up for the ball. I really wish Trent Williams would stop. He’s had his moment out there, and I’m all for fans getting balls, but look at the number of kids who have been denied their chance to get a home run ball (fulfilling every kid’s fantasy) because Trent has decided they should be thrown back at the expense of anyone else running out there on Green’s Hill to chase after them.
The last straw for me was the one on Sunday where he got the home run ball by AJ – granted, I admit given the ball was over the fence, it wasn’t like he was interfering like Jeffrey Maier did. This is different – it’s in fan territory. But I’m honestly getting tired of seeing Williams out there hogging the home run balls.
It’s time for him to keep his backside in his seat, and let some other kids have a chance to get a home run ball. Even if they choose to throw it back, it’s THEIR chance. He’s had way too many of his own.
Andy Warhol called, and said that Trent Williams’ 15 minutes of fame is done.
I’m sure I’ll take some heat for this post. I suspect a lot of Rangers fans will say “What the hell is your problem?” But I’m sorry. If I was a parent out there with a kid who wanted to chase after a home run ball – I’d be right pissed off of Trent ran in front of my kid to get it and throw it back when my kid would WANT the ball as a souvenir.
UPDATE: I apparently caused a shitstorm on Twitter about this. Trent himself obviously doesn’t care about this issue I raised, given his initial reply which was:
It’s a shame people are seeing it as hate mail, because it isn’t. If you read the whole post, you would see it’s not about that. It’s about being fair to other kids, specifically little kids. I saw a lot of posts on Twitter saying things like “if you want one, you should get out there too”. Honestly, that USED to be possible. It’s not anymore. Seriously, when Trent runs out there, how many other kids do? Count them. Unless the ball is totally on the other side of Green’s hill, nobody else runs out there. I haven’t gotten out a notepad and kept track in detail mind you, but almost no other kids try because they know they don’t have a hope. This tweet sums up the feeling best about a big kid and little kids..
@falalacrazy a 19 yr old who beats all the 8 yr olds to the HR ball does look kind of like a bully, just saying he should give them a chance— TexRangersFan34 (@TexRangersFan34) April 22, 2013
@rangerfanscom I agree. I don't care if he gives the balls away, it takes away from the thrill of actually running out there after it...— Josh Stewart(@joshuastewart78) April 22, 2013
Regarding the “hating” issue I’m seeing…
I’m not hating on Trent. Too many people (Robbie Ross included) immediately jumped to calling me a “hater”. I’m a bit disappointed in that, because it’s not about “hating”. PEOPLE – DISAGREEING WITH SOMETHING DOES NOT EQUAL HATE. It’s a degree of emphasis here, and if you think I’m hating on Trent, I am most certainly not. The only thing I hate in baseball is the wave. Ugh. I don’t like that Trent takes away the fun from other kids.
@greenhillkid I hope u keep doing ur thing!!! Let haters hate all they want. I have been in TX 1yr and have seen on may occasions him— robbie ross (@Ross_108) April 22, 2013
As for Robbie Ross, while I don’t agree with what he said, he did say this to Trent, which was funny, so I’ll give props to that. :)
@greenhillkid giving balls to kids and ppl. Love the effort and gets me pumped. So wen I give up a bomb throw it back to me on the mound!!— robbie ross (@Ross_108) April 22, 2013
Here’s the bottom line..
- I don’t hate Trent Williams.
- It’s good that he gives balls to kids – props for that.
- My entire point here is that I wish Trent would stop running out there all the time, because it doesn’t let other kids have any fun piling up for the balls.
- You don’t agree with me – that’s fine.
- Also, regarding the msgs I’ve gotten in support on this.. Be nice people. I saw some vitriolic msgs that I did not clear in the comments here because they truly WERE hateful. Be cool, people.
- If you had a parent of a little kid who wanted to try and catch a ball, you’d be miffed, too.