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Vote: Throwing HR balls back vs. hats on the ice

March 28, 2012

It's late March, which means hockey fans are working themselves into a lather for the playoffs while baseball fans are warming up for the regular season. And they're all getting their arms in shape, though for different reasons.

Better tradition: Throwing hats for a hat trick or tossing back an opponent's home run ball?

BALL

Souvenirs from sporting events should celebrate the experience; why would you want to celebrate an achievement by the opposing team and remember something negative? That's why throwing back an opponent's home run ball makes logical, intelligent sense for fans. On the other hand, throwing hats for a hat trick is only an obvious, knee-jerk reaction that wastes hats and accomplishes nothing. Do we throw cycles on the field when someone hits for the cycle? No, we do not.

--Matt Pais (mpais@tribune.com, @mattpais)

HAT

Throwing your cap after a hat trick is the fans' version of a players giving their jerseys away. What better way to show your approval for a rare, tremendously difficult feat than taking an article of clothing for which you (probably) shelled out hard-earned cash and tossing it onto the ice, never to see it again? It's a huge sign of respect, which is more than I can say for throwing back a home run ball. Couldn't you just give the ball to a kid instead?

--Chris Sosa (chsosa@tribune.com, @sayitissosa)

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