Fan grabs 4 foul balls at Indians game

Some guys have all the luck, and a little skill, too.

One fan at Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and

Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field grabbed four foul balls, a

once-in-several-lifetimes achievement.

Greg Van Niel, a season-ticket holder who wasn’t sitting in his

usual seat, got the four souvenirs during the Indians’ 6-4 win.

”Three of them were catches and one was a ball I picked up off

the ground,” Van Niel told the team. ”The third one I think was

the hardest one – I think I ended up sprawled across a few rows,

and I got some cheese on myself. But the other ones were just a

matter of being in the right place at the right time.”

Yeah, four times.

Van Niel described one of his grabs, on a ball hit by Indians

leadoff man Michael Bourn, as being highlight-reel worthy.

”Michael Bourn hit one that was off the facade, and that’s

where I was in the cheese fries,” he said. ”(That) one was crazy

acrobatics. I was strewn across three rows, and I needed some

assistance getting back.”

Van Niel posed for a picture for the Indians clutching three of

the souvenirs in his right hand. He said he had never caught a foul

ball before his amazing one-day haul.

There were 15,431 other fans at the Indians’ final game before

the All-Star break, but it’s safe to bet none had a day quite like

Van Niel.