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Redbird Matt Adams and bird aficionado (of sorts) face off for foul ball

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Regarding fan interference, Rule 3.16 in the Major League Baseball rulebook states:

No interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand to catch a ball. He does so at his own risk. However, should a spectator reach out on the playing field side of such fence, railing or rope, and plainly prevent the fielder from catching the ball, then the batsman should be called out for the spectators interference.

So it seems that both Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and this first-row Reds fan had a right to Chris Heisey's foul pop during Thursday's third inning at Great American Ball Park.

Ultimately, the fan made a pretty nice catch despite Adams' all-out effort -- and then received a nudge from the first baseman:

"I was just trying to stop from falling in there," said Adams after the game. "They had some pretty good fans on that side. He caught that one and then the other guy caught the hot shot behind the dugout."

The fan responded to the nudge with an R-rated salute as Adams headed back to the infield.

"That's what I heard," said the first baseman. "I heard the whole section was flipping me off, but I can't let that bother me."

Asked about the incident postgame, manager Mike Matheny said he was unaware of any incidental contact.

"Pushed the fan? He was going after the ball," Matheny said. "He was going into the stands. [He] probably [pushed] trying to keep from going tail over tea kettle into the first row. You don't want to be going into the stands. You have to do what you have to do."


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