Don’t… be this guy. On a magical night for Albert Pujols, the Cardinals, the Dodgers, and Major League Baseball, one fan, unfortunately, sapped some of the fun out of Albert’s 700th career home run.
A source revealed to a Fox Sports contributor that the unidentified fan who caught — or ended up with Pujols’ 700th career homer — opted to keep the baseball. He turned down multiple offers from the Cardinals.
Was just informed by a friend at Dodger Stadium that the guy that caught home run #700 from Albert Pujols is intending to keep it.
He was approached. Offers were presented. Then left the stadium with the ball.
At least for now… He’s holding on to the prized possession
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) September 24, 2022
Now, maybe you and I share different opinions on this, but while the fan in this case has every right to keep the ball, it just feels wrong. He didn’t accomplish the feat that only now four people in the history of the game have done. He didn’t hit the ball, why should he keep it?
I understand that he ended up with the baseball, but what does that ball mean to you? The moment is already yours. You have the story to tell, you don’t need props to prove it. Hell, you could have ended up with other prizes and giveaways and memorabilia in its place.
And you could have made an all-time great happy.
Maybe the baseball will increase in value, maybe it won’t. But, I hope this person asks themselves every day why they robbed Albert of something so meaningful to him.
Notably, in typical Pujols fashion, he’s not worried about the fan or the ball. He has enough already…
Albert Pujols said the fan that caught his ball can keep it if he wants. He said its a souvenir. He has the bat, the jersey, the hat, etc. He said it's up to the fan if they want to keep it or give it to him, but he has no problem if he keeps it. #Dodgers #Pujols700
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 24, 2022
But, in this case, that feels beside the point. Albert said that but you can feel that he truly didn’t mean it.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September 24, 2022
Congratulations again to Albert Pujols for an incredible accomplishment, an incredible career, and for all the moments you’ve given to baseball over the years. I’ll get off my soap box now.
See you in October, tío.
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