November 01, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas — Here's a nice story about Texas Rangers fans.
In the eighth inning of Sunday's Game 4, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey(notes) became the youngest backstop since Johnny Bench in 1970 to hit a World Series home run. The blast came off a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day(notes) and the 23-year-old from Lee County, Ga., belted it into the grassy part of the batter's eye in center field. The ball attracted a scrum of running Rangers fans, even though the Rawlings was hit by a player in the wrong uniform. After a jump ball near the camera man (above), someone came away with the souvenir and that appeared to be that.
Only not quite. Somewhere between the homer and talking about the Giants' 4-0 win, Posey must have requested ownership of the ball with its special meaning. And the fan who caught it apparently complied because Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reported on Twitter that they coughed it up for a couple of autographed baseballs and a picture with the burgeoning star catcher. Here's his picture of the transaction.
Needless to say, after seeing stories like one fan holding out for $10K for Matt Carson's(notes) first homer or the Happy Youngster wanting a U-Haul worth of stuff for Chris Coghlan's(notes) debut dinger, it's nice to see this one resolved with a nice payoff for each side.
And with knowing how big of a star Posey might grow to be, I can't say that I would've been as agreeable to Posey's request for his souvenir back, even though it means a lot more to him than me.
So give yourself a hand, Texas fan. That was a very cool move.