The fan, who caught the ball from Albert Pujols for his 700th home run of his career on Friday night, reportedly intends to keep it and turned down several offers for the ball before leaving Dodger Stadium with it in his possession according to Fox Sports’ Ben Verlander. The unidentified fan now owns a piece of baseball history as Pujols 700 home runs to hit.
The St. Louis Cardinals hitter-designate hit the milestone with home runs in consecutive at-bats Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Pujols hammering the No. 700 into left field pavilion in the fourth inning. With that home run, Pujols joined Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762) as the only player in MLB history to ever hit 700 home runs.
Had the fan been willing to give up the ball from Pujols’ home run, that probably would have earned him a very nice reward from the Cardinals or whoever else wanted the ball. Instead, the fan opted to keep the piece of Major League history to himself — which Pujols later said he wasn’t concerned about.
“Souvenirs are for the fans. I have no problem with them if they want to keep them,” said Pujols. per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “If they want to return it, that’s great. But at the end of the day, I don’t focus on material things.”
Pujols’ 700th home run helps complete his legacy after a 22-year major league career during which the 42-year-old has done almost everything baseball can achieve, including winning three NL MVP honors awards, being selected to 11 All-Star Games and winning the World Series twice with the Cardinals. Pujols will retire at the end of the 2022 season.
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/fan-that-caught-albert-pujols-700th-home-run-ball-intends-to-keep-it-per-report/ A fan who caught Albert Pujols’ 700th home run ball wants to keep it, according to the report