Tim Pinkard will definitely remember his first Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park.
Pinkard was sitting in the Astros' Crawford Boxes beyond the left-field wall on Tuesday night as Chris Carter hit two big home runs in the Astros' 10-4 beatdown of the Minnesota Twins. And Pinkard, visiting from Virginia, went home with both home-run balls.
The first one ricocheted off a sign and Pinkard grabbed it. The other was hit near him on the fly. He and another fan went after it. Neither caught the ball, but Pinkard ended up with it. Not a bad night at the ballpark — for Pinkard and for Carter.
The Astros slugger told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle after the game:
"He should come down more often."
Pinkard told a TV reporter that he'd never caught a foul ball or home run at a baseball game before. When he finally did, it came with a great story. We've seen fans catch multiple foul balls or home-run balls before, but two off the bat of the same player is a bit more unusual.
You can watch Pinkard's interview here:
Asked what he was going to do with the home-run balls, Pinkard then gave the very best answer. He plans to give them to his kids.
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