Right fielder Jeff Francoeur became an Internet sensation after video (below) that showed him grabbing a handful of a fans popcorn in Tuesdays game went viral.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
Id never done that before, Francoeur said. It was one of those things. I ran over there hard, and I got to the edge, and it was right there. They were all looking back (at the ball). The guys bucket was right there, so I just reached my hand in there.
The snack occurred at a key point in the game. The Royals held a 3-2 lead with two outs in the Chicago seventh with a runner on first. Kelvin Herrera had just relieved starter Bruce Chen with Gordon Beckham at the plate.
Beckham had homered in the first inning against Chen after providing the winning blow with a homer Monday in the eighth inning against Luis Mendoza in the series opener.
Francoeur charged toward the right-field line when Beckham sent a slicing foul into the seats. As everyone turned to follow the balls flight, Francoeur reached over the belt-high railing and grabbed some popcorn.
The guys turned around, Francoeur said, and said, `Yeah, sure. They were laughing. Id never done that before. But I thought, `Yeah, why not?
There was almost an encore.
The next pitch, Beckham fouled it off again, Francoeur said. I looked over at those guys and said, I need something to drink to wash it down. They started laughing again.