Fan who caught Albert Pujols’ 500th homer gives it back for free
Albert Pujols reached a major milestone during the Los Angeles Angels’ win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night when he blasted the 499th and 500th home runs of his career. Catching a 500th home run ball can be like hitting the lottery, but that’s only if you feel like negotiating. Tom Sherill, the 29-year-old Angels fan who caught Pujols’ 500th homer, asked for nothing.
“I’ll take whatever they want to give me, but I’m not going to be picky,”Sherrill told Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West, according to Big League Stew. “I just want to make sure that Albert gets the ball. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
Sherill only ended up asking for one thing, and it wasn’t for himself. The ball he caught had deflected off the stomach of another fan. He wanted that fan and his children to have a chance to meet Pujols as well.
He talked security into bringing the guy who had the ball bounce off his belly & his kids to get their pictures taken with Albert. Awesome
— Mike Ferrin (@MikeFerrinSXM) April 23, 2014
Big League Stew’s David Brown pointed out that the Angels gave Sherill a hat and four free tickets to the game of his choice. Considering what he could have gotten for the ball on eBay, Sherill hooked the team up big time. I’d have to imagine Pujols will have some more goodies for him.
Photo: Twitter/Tim Mead