It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again Attention statisticians. This just in from NPRs super-duper science correspondent Joe Palca, who had not one, but two foul balls land on him a recent baseball game. On Sunday's game between the Diamondbacks and the Nationals at RFK, I was sitting in section 427, row B, seat 1 when Nationals catcher Brian Schneider fouled back a pitch. I remember that I thought, "Wow, that looks like it's coming straight to me." So I reached down and caught it. Then I dropped it, but then I picked it up. It's the first foul ball I've ever snagged in 45 years of going to major league baseball games...
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It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again

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Attention statisticians. This just in from NPR's super-duper science correspondent Joe Palca, who had not one, but two foul balls land on him during a recent baseball game.

On Sunday's game between the Diamondbacks and the Nationals at RFK, I was sitting in section 427, row B, seat 1 when Nationals catcher Brian Schneider fouled back a pitch. I remember that I thought, "Wow, that looks like it's coming straight to me." So I reached down and caught it. Then I dropped it, but then I picked it up. It's the first foul ball I've ever snagged in 45 years of going to major league baseball games.

Now, I know something about statistics. I even taught statistics at UC Santa Cruz. So when, in the 5th inning, a Diamondback player fouled off a pitch, and I thought, "that one looks like it's coming straight at me, too," I realized that the chances of that happening were extremely small. So I sort of glanced away and the ball hit me in the right forearm, bounced off my chest, and over the railing. I should say that because the seats in front of me were empty, I had moved down to row A, and over to seat 6, so I wasn't in exactly the same place, but still!

Everyone seated around me suggested that it was a good day to buy a lottery ticket, but I refused because I still believe in statistics.