Astros Outfielder Rick Ankiel Gets a Popcorn Shower (w/ Hilarious Baseball Fan Vids)

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When it comes to your Astros, it's hard to find wide sweeping bliss in a team that's 5-13 with a total payroll of $20 million (not sure if you've heard, but that's $8 million less than Alex Rodriguez makes...BWAHAHA!! Hilarious...).

If the early part of the 2013 season is any indicator, it's very clear that the joy in the "Astros Experience" is going to be in the little things -- penny wagering on the Taco Bell packet races, beer, clowning the victims of Kiss Cam, beer, laughs with good friends.

Also, beer.

To that end, every now and then, the baseball gods shower us with some comedic benevolence.

In this case, on Sunday, it was the baseball gods literally showering outfielder Rick Ankiel with popcorn.

Leading the Astros 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, Cleveland Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs hit a line drive to straightaway right field. Astros outfielder Rick Ankiel seemingly had it in his sights, back to the warning track, back to the wall, and then out of nowhere he was snowed under by a salty sea of buttery yellow:

See, now that's hilarious! That's entertaining! Granted, the attempt to catch the home run ball in a bucket of popcorn was not only ill-conceived but not at all manly. Hell, even Steve Bartman tried to catch it with his bare hands back in the 2003 playoffs!

And Popcorn Bucket Catch Guy is not even in the same manliness universe as this Mariners fan who managed to catch a foul ball in his beer (coincidentally, like the Ankiel Popcorn Shower, also against the Astros) and then actually consume the beer with the ball still in the cup!

Woooo, man's game! (That's what the cool talk show hosts say...)

And to be clear, while Popcorn Bucket Catch Guy managed to make everyone forget about the Astros' torrid 46-win pace for about 11 seconds on Sunday, in the pantheon of Astros fans who have made themselves into YouTube storylines the last couple seasons, he is still ranked well behind Bo the Bailer:

....and this dude who managed to make Blutarski's escape from the Faber police and ROTC look like an episode of 24:

Most of all, I am thankful for this fan's general clumsiness because it gets me off the hook for Saturday night, when my substandard hands led to me spilling an entire paper cone full of M&M's at the feet of my row out at the yard. Compared to Popcorn Bucket Catch Guy, my gaffe was much less public, less impactful, and as my good friend DeeDee points out (we were sitting with her and her husband, Wallis), less expensive:

Indeed, Popcorn Bucket Catch Guy presumably paid American currency for the aborted bucket of buttery goodness, but as we found out on Twitter, Indians sideline reporter Katie Witham was kind enough to get him a replacement bucket!

Are you not entertained?!?!

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