In reading the overflow thread, there wasn't much discussion about what happened after Adam Dunn's 8th inning blast. It was, however, one of the funniest things I've seen at a baseball game, let alone Wrigley Field.
Being way under the canopy, I can't see much other then the ball leaving the bat and where the ball might land. For that homerun, I didn't see either, but judging by the fan's reaction it could've hit a house. 'Twas long gone.
So, pretty soon a ball comes flying back over the fence from the street. Yay. Then another. And another. And another and another and another until the outfield looked like a Pick 3 machine. (http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080416&content_id=2535306&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb) (sorry, i couldn't locate the How to section on the BCB 2.0) suggested that there were 15 balls on the field. I counted at least tschwelve, so it's probably accurate. In an 11-3 blowout, it was completely unexpected and very, very funny. It was even Theriot and Fuku approved. Kudos to those involved... however, i'm glad none of the outfielders got hit.
What a nice lighthearted moment after a long, happy game. But, I'm a little nervous that, like so many things, repetition can drag to an ugly place. It reminded me a tiny bit of garbage littering the field, and I know that giving away baseballs at the gate was banned a long time ago after an incident. But, those were done with more anger and disgust.
What's the scoop? Anybody in on that one? Where did Dunn's homer land? How many people were involved with throwing balls back? Was it shown on the TV? Did you think it was funny? Is it a new tradition?