Public Service Announcement: You Are Not a Professional Baseball Player

Public Service Announcement: You Are Not a Professional Baseball Player

To every person who ever argued reaching into the field of play for a live ball is understandable because it's instinct or reaction:

Quit being a willfully ignorant fan, and keep your hands where they belong.

You are not a Major League Baseball player. You don't belong on the field, your hands don't belong anywhere near a live ball, and if you can't understand these basic principles, you don't even belong at the game as a spectator.

Earlier this year, many baseball fans came to the defense of the kid who interfered with a ball in play at Citizens Bank Park. Their points ranged from it's natural to reach for the ball, to the misguided idea that the play in question actually assisted the Phillies.

To the latter, let me make this simple for you. When you enter the field of play, the results are unpredictable. Maybe you cause a triple to become a double for the opposing team. Who knows, maybe you get tazed!

Then again, maybe you are responsible for taking an extra base hit away from your own team and cost them an out--you know, essentially blowing the game when those runs don't eventually come across.

(Before anybody chimes in and says the Phillies have nobody to blame but themselves for the loss, I don't entirely disagree, but let's not pretend the impact of this particular play was minor.)

And if you are one of those people who react to an airborne baseball the way a cat does when a shoelace is waved in front of its face, it's time you take some responsibility for your actions. This is elementary school stuff.

Chances are if you are sitting in the front row, this isn't your first rodeo. You know the rules of the sport, and are aware of several highly publicized incidents of fan obstruction from the last decade or two. In short, you don't touch a ball when it is in play.

Is it instinct to reach for something flying toward you? To some extent, sure. However, I've seen numerous instances of people CONTROLLING THEMSELVES and not blatantly breaking the rules, so I KNOW FOR A FACT this can be done.

You don't see people sitting courtside at Sixers games colliding with Andre Iguodala when a loose ball is heading out of bounds, do you?

Just save it, people. If you can't sit in the front row and behave yourself, leave those tickets for the real fans who can appreciate that they are not supposed to project themselves into the action.

You are not a professional athlete. You are not funny. You are not cool. You are not needed at all. The end.

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.