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?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, @mattpais)