Lucky Indians fan catches 4 foul balls … in one game!


Greg Van Niel (holding baseballs) with his nephews Luke and Nate, and brother Dale.

Greg Van Niel brought his family to Sunday’s game and sat on the third-base line in Section 160, where he ended up spending much of the day collecting foul balls. An Indians Season Ticket Holder, Van Niel caught four (yes, 4!) foul balls on the day.

Van Niel made so many grabs on Sunday afternoon, that by the time he retrieved a Michael Brantley foul in the fifth inning, he felt compelled to flip it over to others in the crowd (see video below).

“Three of them were catches and one was a ball I picked up off the ground,” said Van Niel. “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.”

The foul balls were his first (second, third, and fourth) of his lifetime at Progressive Field. The Indians Season Ticket Holder exchanged tickets to book seats in Section 160 for Sunday, and it paid off with a memorable afternoon.

“Michael Bourn hit one that was off the façade [of the suites overhead], and that’s where I was in the cheese fries… [That] one was crazy acrobatics. I was strewn across three rows, and I needed some assistance getting back. The others were just being in the right place at the right time,” said Van Niel.

After his amazing fortune on Sunday, Van Niel did offer some advice for fellow Indians fans: “We had the exchange tickets, so yeah, I’m going to try to get these seats for next year. Row FF, Section 160, Seat 3 if you’re looking for tickets – it’s the magic seat.”

VIDEO: Fan catches fourth foul ball of the game

— TribeVibe contributor Max Lom

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