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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fan fails to get Albert Pujols 2,000th RBI ball authenticated

Albert Pujols

The fan who got Albert Pujols’ milestone 2,000th RBI ball on Thursday failed to get it authenticated, according to a report.

Pujols hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Detroit Tigers to make it 6-0. His homer gave him 2,000 career RBIs, making him just the third player in MLB history to reach that milestone since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1920, joining Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez.

The ball made for one heck of a piece of memorabilia for the lucky fan who obtained it. But according to Angels reporter Jeff Fletcher, the fan declined to meet with either team. Even worse, the fan did not take the proper steps to authenticate the ball, which could significantly hurt his chances of receiving maximum value if he were to sell it.

MLB began an authentication program in 2001 to combat the proliferation of phony autographs and memorabilia. They have authenticators at every game who review items to say whether they have been game-used. Home run balls like Pujols’ are marked with a hologram and given a six-digit, two-letter authentication code to be identified. Pujols’ 2,000th RBI ball will not have those designations.

The fan who caught the ball plans to keep it for his child, according to Jeff Riger.

Maybe the fan is preparing a clever ransom note to get what he wants in return for the ball. His approach to this point seems to be risky.



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