San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh really loves baseball, and says he has caught 20 foul balls at MLB games in his life, and that it is his sole focus when he is attending a game.
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The coach also has some characteristically strict rules about what counts towards his lifetime total, according to an interview with the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami.
-Q: Those cameras caught you in Arizona with your glove just dying to get a foul ball. Just seems like you were thinking the whole game, “I’ve got to get a ball.’
-HARBAUGH: Yeah, I was very disappointed I didn’t get a ball. That’s just every time I’ve ever gone to a baseball game, that’s my main focus. Going and getting a ball.
-Q: You must’ve gotten one or two in your life.
-HARBAUGH: Oh yeah, I’ve got 20. Got my 20th at a Giants game a year or two ago.
-Q: Foul ball?
-HARBAUGH: Yeah, I don’t count those other ones. It’s got to be in play, during a game, not batting practice. Not the kind where the third baseman runs off and tosses it into the stands. Legit.
-Q: Not from the ball girl.
-HARBAUGH: No, that is not counted. That is not counted at all.
Harbaugh talks more about his love of baseball, and also tells a pretty epic anecdote about peeing his pants to get an autograph at age 5.
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I had to go to the bathroom really bad. So I had to make a decision: Me and my brother were like 20 people from actually being able to go on to the field and take a picture with [the player] right by the first-base bag.
And it was either go to the bathroom and not get a picture, or do it right there in my pants. So I chose to go in my pants and my parents have this picture of a big ring right here (points to an obvious place on the front of his pants).
I just want that picture for some reason. I really want that picture.
Maybe that is why he has such an odd relationship with pants.