Dodgers fan interferes with Mookie Betts double, immediately bolts with bag of balls

39 home runs in 2023, and oh so close to 40...
San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers
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Hours before the Dodgers wrapped a disappointing, Gavin Stone-fueled loss to the San Diego Padres, one fan self-evacuated the building, robbing himself of a chance to watch the collapse in person.

With the bases loaded, two outs and a full count in the bottom of the third, Betts and the Dodgers were sitting pretty, with a prime chance to put pressure on a beleaguered Pads pitching staff. As he's wont to do, Betts took the 3-2 pitch deep to dead center, bouncing the baseball over the head of Trent Grisham as the bases cleared ... or did they?

Padres announcer Don Orsillo believed the ball to be gone for a grand slam (which would've been perfectly in character for Betts, who'd earlier smacked a leadoff homer for his 39th bomb of the year. Grisham knew better.

One rogue Dodgers fan who knew exactly what he was doing reached over the fence, snagged the baseball, then plopped it into a clear bag full of baseballs and left the ballpark. After navigating traffic, he finally got out of the Dodger Stadium parking lot 8.5 hours later.

Dodgers fan gifts Mookie Betts ground-rule double in eventual loss to Padres

It sure would be nice to win one of these slugfests again so we can simply have a laugh about things like this! Anyway!

Betts' two-run double provided a nice cushion, in the moment, but three absolutely should've scored on the play. Instead, a Zack Hample knockoff pocketed the ball, placed it into his ample collection (again, peep the bag full of balls), and left the stadium quicker than you can say, "Stone, hit the showers."

The Dodgers are now 4-6 in their last 10 as their pitching depth dwindles. Even LA's historic offense has been unable to outhit their blundering rotation. Each night, it feels like Betts plays the role of "Mookie Betts," while some semi-anonymous Dodgers starter, from Ryan Yarbrough to Emmet Sheehan, plays the role of "Guy With Tons of Baseballs Who Needs to Steal One More Baseball For Some Reason."

Things need to turn around, hopefully as quickly as the center field culprit did when he realized everyone could see him. At least, much like Betts over the weekend, this anonymous citizen got the boot, too.