Traditions are some of the most important things a parent can pass down to a child. Holiday celebrations, favorite meals — even the proper temperature the thermostat should be set at (this, at least, is my father’s most valued tradition).
But when it comes to Cubs fans, there is one they hold dearest of all: Throwing the ball back after a home run by a visiting player.
On Tuesday afternoon, with the Cubs leading the Dodgers, 7-0, L.A.’s top prospect Keibert Ruiz came to the plate in the top of the seventh. He immediately went to work, sending Kyle Hendricks’ first-pitch fastball into the left-field bleachers for his first home run of the year. After a brief tug of war for the ball, one intrepid father snagged it.