Tom Sherrill of Pomona, Calif., a 29-year-old Los Angeles Angels fan and a staff sergeant in the Air Force, is the person who caught Albert Pujols's 500th career home run Tuesday night. And what did he want from the Los Angeles Angels in return for handing it over?
"I'll take whatever they want to give me, but I'm not going to be picky. I just want to make sure that Albert gets the ball. I'm just happy to be a part of it," Sherrill told Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West.
How remarkable is that? Considering the small ransoms some fans charged for a home run hit by Barry Bonds when he was chasing (and surpassing) Hank Aaron, it's pretty refreshing to hear a guy with the ball say he was just happy to be there.
Sherrill did insist on something before he met with Pujols:
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
As for souvenirs, Sherrill at least walked away with an Angels cap. Was it game-used? Does it have Albert sweat? Not sure. Plus, Gubicza and Rojas said they'd give him four tickets to any game he wanted. So he's not walking away empty handed for swag. But he also appeared to go into the situation with the right attitude: It's all about the experience of being involved. That always will be the best part, no matter what parting gifts the Angels include.
Here's No. 500:
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