In the top of the ninth inning of Sunday's wild World Series game five, a delirious crowd in Houston watched Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig pop a homer into the short left field porch at Minute Maid Park. What happened next was the weirdest moment in a night full of nuttiness.
A scowling Astros fan grabbed the ball from a very happy Astros fan who had come up with it. The prick in a polo shirt, who was still wearing his sunglasses on his head despite it being near midnight, fought off a man coming to the victim's aide and threw the ball back.
The woman who caught it was stunned, the man who was with her was pissed and the dick who threw the back on to the field was wasted.
People thought it was hilarious.
Others fantasized about how the bastard should be punished.
The Houston Chronicle, in a killer piece of journalism, tracked down the asshole at the center of this story and found out that he and his victim know each other. Kirk Head, the ball thief, is the brother-in-law of Sarah Head, the victim. The guy between them is his brother and her husband.
Turns out, Sarah was not annoyed at Kirk for stealing her history making home run ball (this was the 22nd home run of the World Series, setting an all-time record). She was angrier that she didn't get the chance to do what Kirk did herself
"I just would have liked to have been able to throw it back myself," Sarah said.
"It's bad karma to keep it," Kirk said. "You've got to throw it back. I was just making sure she did."
Houston went on to win 13-12, so that may have helped keep the peace in this bizarre family squabble.
“We hugged and made up afterward,” Kirk said.