One Grand Canyon tourist is in hot water for hitting a baseball into the national park.
CBS 42 recently reported on the illegal incident while people reacted to the stunt. While it is dangerous to throw or hit things off into the Grand Canyon for fear of injuring others, some social media commenters had mixed feelings over the stunt.
Grand Canyon Tourist Caught on Video
According to Newsweek, the man used a baseball bat to hit a ball or balls off a tee on Oct. 17 around 3:45 p.m. He was near the Yavapai Geology Museum on the South Rim and wore a blue T-shirt with black shorts.
A TikTok user posted the video with the “Fancy Like” song from country singer Walker Hayes. The user said he didn’t know the man and wasn’t part of the video.
This dude hit a baseball into the #grandcanyon♬ Fancy Like – Walker Hayes
U.S. Park Rangers tracked him down and said they spoke with the man.
The National Park Service shared the video on Facebook earlier this week in an attempt to find the man on Monday. Two days later, they found him.
A park representative said the man did not face charges or a citation. Still, visitors can’t throw “anything” over the edge of the canyon’s rims. They could significantly injure other park guests. Or even worse, rock slides could happen.
“Objects tossed over the edge or dislodged by walking off trail can injure hikers and wildlife below or start landslides,” the NPS wrote on the Grand Canyon’s webpage.
Social Media All Stirred Up
Newsweek caught people reacting to the NPS Facebook post. At one point, the post was shared over 1,800 times, generating 2,100 comments in the process.
Some joked that they were going to do this the next time they visited. Others said the incident was not “that big of a deal.” Another commenter just chalked it up to another white guy doing something stupid.
One commenter, Hanna Schmitz, was concerned about the impact of a ball hitting a hiker with serious injuries.
A poster brought up the 2007 accidental death of Pete Absolon. A bowling ball-sized piece of granite hit the expert climber and father at the national park. Hiker Luke Rodolph threw the rock and watched it fall onto the man 300 feet below.
One interesting take suggested the man may have hit the ball as a tribute to a fallen friend instead of scatting ashes at the site. Another person surmised the stunt could have been “the last wish for a late friend.”
According to the website Backpacker, 12 people die on average at the national park. The National Park Service said a 48-year-old fire chief fell to his death in September for the 18th death of the year.