The world has a new Steve Bartman, and it's former Philadelphia 76er's center Matt Geiger.
Obviously, the situation is a little bit different -- Rays fans won't be burning Geiger in effigy anytime soon -- but the result of the play was the same. The 7-footer was enjoying his afternoon at the Tampa Bay Rays-Minnesota Twins game in some front-row seats down the first base line when Josh Willingham floated over a lazy pop fly. Carlos Pena looked like he'd be able to reel the ball in, but one very, very, very large fan had other thoughts:
Here's a slo-mo of Geiger and Pena's interaction.
Geiger was booed for turning a should've been out into a mere strike, and, ejected from the game for interfering with play. The world of sports is a cruel one: for ten years you're an NBA player, doing cool stuff like playing alongside Allen Iverson in the NBA Finals, then you blink and ten years later you're getting booed for messing with the sanctity of late April Twins-Rays games. The sad part is for a guy with over 3,000 career rebounds, he doesn't even end up with the ball at the end.