A ball is hit to shallow left field. The fielder gets the ball then watches the batter runner hold up at first and settle in to listening to his first-base coach. The rest of the infield starts to mull around seeing that the base-runner isn’t going anywhere. The tempo of the game is somewhat relaxed and casual.
Now the left fielder tosses the ball towards the shortstop, but the ball is headed over the head of the shortstop, so, while reaching for the ball - the shortstop’s glove slips off his hand and goes up into the air and the glove strikes the ball. Both the glove and the ball fall to the ground in front of the shortstop.
Your sitting in the bullpen, your club is at bat with a runner on first and for whatever reason, your the only one on your club that sees this!
1.) - let it go, it’s no big deal because there’s no play on the runner.
2.)- yell out to your runner to call time out and appeal the ball being struck by a glove being in the air off a fielder’s hand.
3.)- yell out to your runner on first to appeal to the nearest field umpire for an appeal ruling that a glove cannot be in the air off a fielder’s hand striking a ball in flight while the ball is still alive, under any circumstances - there are bases to be awarded.
4.)- grab another pinch of Mail Pouch, sit back and enjoy the game.
5.)- ask the pretty redhead sitting all by herself in the bleachers right next to the bullpen if she’s doing anything after the game … after all, if you’ve seen one glove it the ball you’ve seen them all!