Jim Harbaugh Says He Goes To Baseball Games Because He “Loves Getting Foul Balls” And Has Caught 20 In His Life
Q: You went to six baseball games right before camp started? Why so many games? You played it, you just love watching it?
-HARBAUGH: I love getting foul balls.
-Q: But you didn’t get any this time.
-HARBAUGH: I didn’t really get any good opportunities.But I went–it was so close to the season starting that I was finding that competitiveness; watching other guys compete was at least was good. The fires were on before we had a chance to get going here, while our players were away.And that’s really what it was–I wanted to go back the next day and then the next day.
-Q: Those cameras caught you in Arizona with your glove just dying to get a foul ball. Just seems like you were thinking the whole game, “I’ve got to get a ball.’
-HARBAUGH: Yeah, I was very disappointed I didn’t get a ball. That’s just every time I’ve ever gone to a baseball game, that’s my main focus. Going and getting a ball.
-Q: You must’ve gotten one or two in your life.
-HARBAUGH: Oh yeah, I’ve got 20. Got my 20th at a Giants game a year or two ago.
-Q: Foul ball?
-HARBAUGH: Yeah, I don’t count those other ones. It’s got to be in play, during a game, not batting practice. Not the kind where the third baseman runs off and tosses it into the stands. Legit.
-Q: Not from the ball girl.
-HARBAUGH: No, that is not counted. That is not counted at all.
-Q: Twenty is good.
-HARBAUGH: Twenty, yeah. I got a lot as a kid because my dad is really good friends with Gates Brown and he would get us tickets to Tigers game when we lived in Michigan.And there were games when there was maybe a thousand or 1,500 people in the stands and then in the late innings–we never left before the game was over, that was another rule, Harbaugh family rule…So there were times when the foul ball came and you’ve got the whole… you’ve got three sections all yourself and it’s just a matter of running over there and getting it.
-Q: You have the ball from last year, I’m sure.
-HARBAUGH: I don’t count the college balls, either. Because I got a few at Stanford, but I don’t count those.
And I had to go to the bathroom really bad. So I had to make a decision: Me and my brother were like 20 people from actually being able to go on to the field and take a picture with [the player] right by the first-base bag. And it was either go to the bathroom and not get a picture, or do it right there in my pants. So I chose to go in my pants and my parents have this picture of a big ring right here (points to an obvious place on the front of his pants).
Well that was quite the interview. I know it was official but now it’s officially official, Jim Harbaugh is an absolute maniac. Pissing his pants to get pictures, not counting balls he gets in batting practice or in college, keeping track of the number of balls he’s caught in his life. Unreal. The guy lives his life at full tilt all the time. He’s like a wild dog on a leash just begging to be let loose. Fuck sitting and enjoying a day at the park, Harbaugh needs to be in that action, and that action is a useless souvenir no one really cares about. Honestly, If he wasn’t a football coach he would be the Foul ball guy. Could you imagine the wars those two would have? I would pay for a Harbaugh vs. Zach Hample PPV in a heartbeat.
Way to use your elbows sir.
I still think the glove is bullshit but when your only reason for going to baseball games is because you “love foul balls” I guess I can make an exception.