(http://www.johnpielli.com/1/post/2012/06/fable-of-the-infamous-10-cent-beer-night-on-its-38-yr-anniversary.html) Of course, we all know of the disco demolition night on July 12th, 1979. But just 17 years ago, in a promotion that may not have seemed to be as idiotic, the Dodgers had "ball day", giving all attending fans a ball as they entered the park. Seems pretty harmless, right?
The game was briefly delayed in the 7th inning when some balls had been thrown on the field. After the Cardinals returned to the field, fans continued to throw balls on the field, giving the umpires little choice then to forfeit the game to the Cardinals. Tom Henke, who recorded just the first out of the inning, was given a save. Mike Jorgensen was managing the CardinalsThis occured on August 10th, 1995.
Of course, the crew chief of that game had to be none other than Bob Davidson, who obviously called for the forfeit. Davidson did nothing to have an announcement made that they game would result in a forfeit if anything else was thrown on the field. Bob Davidson thinks people come to see Bob Davidson; he wouldn't have it any other way. In fact, Davidson blamed Lasorda for the incident, saying "Lasorda instigated it, waving his fat little arms." Yet, balls were being thrown on the field as early as the 7th inning. Stay classy, Bob Davidson.
Personally, I think its a little silly for teams to stop doing promotions like this. Perhaps we live in a day and age where giving out a bat to as many as 25,000 fans should not happen again. But to not give out baseballs is a little too much. I agree that the home fans should be responsible for their actions. When the Dodgers fans started throwing the balls on the field, they were putting the results of the game at risk, similar to fans who storm the field while intoxicated. They ones involved should be held accountable, but ball day or ball night should not be eliminated.