If you're 19, you've probably already seen this video, but it just cracked the news 'sphere today. Which is to say, I saw it on Hot Air a little while ago. If you've ever wondered what it would take for your manliness to be insulted by CBS, we've just found the answer. A guy takes his girlfriend to a baseball game; the batter hits a high but lazy foul popup straight toward them; he stands up and makes as though to catch the ball, but ditches at the last moment; the ball hits his girlfriend. To see the CBS interview of the former couple, go here. This is one of the many YouTube versions:
This is actually an issue that has a lot of resonance for me. My wife and I go to quite a few baseball games, and one thing she has always made crystal clear is that my principal function is to sacrifice my body if a foul ball comes our way. I don't have to catch it--the chance of that is slim, especially without a glove--but I'd sure as heck better let it hit me rather than her. Fortunately I've never been called on to block a foul ball, but I'd hate to contemplate the effects of failure.
In the case of this particular pair, they are a former couple. The young lady assures CBS that the fact that her ex-boyfriend bailed and let the foul ball hit her was not the cause of the breakup--"It's not over because of the ball," she says. Sure. Like anyone will believe that. It's good to know that every now and then, it still pays to be a macho guy; macho enough, anyway, to take one for the girlfriend.