Marlins fan removes shirt before jumping in water to get baseball; does not get baseball

Yes, Polo Man, you deserve to be berated by your friend for taking off your shirt before jumping in the water to retrieve the baseball.

What’s more important — leaving an MLB game with a souvenir baseball or keeping your shirt and wallet dry?

Apparently, you can’t always do both.

One Marlins fan learned that the hard way during the fourth inning of Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

It all started when Miami’s red-hot Marcell Ozuna smoked Jake Odorizzi’s offering over the left-field fence and into the Clevelander Marlins Park.

There, a golf polo-wearing fan nearly snagged the home run ball on the fly, but it ricocheted into the pool. Polo Man really wanted the ball — but also to pursue it in a responsible manner. So, the wallet came out of his back pocket, the polo went over his head and into the water he went.

But by that time, two other fans had joined the chase. And neither one let the prospect of sitting through five more innings in a soaking wet shirt slow them down. After all, it’s not as if souvenir baseballs are routinely launched into the stands during every game. (Wink.)

Anyway, one of these shirt-wearing swimmers came away with the baseball.

All Polo Man had was a pair of wet jeans, two wasted chances for a free baseball, his own viral video and a life lesson on the cost of hesitation.

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