In the third inning of Tuesday night’s Game 6 of the World Series, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell did a ridiculous thing. He hit a grand slam, which put the Cubs up 7-0 over the Cleveland Indians, helping them to extend their season one more game and give them a shot at winning the World Series.
If Russell did that at Wrigley Field, Wrigleyville might have exploded into a firework of pure joy and happiness, and people would have fought for that grand slam ball. But it happened at Progressive Field, the home of the Indians. And no Indians fan wanted that baseball. It was thrown back onto the field, because not only was it hit by the opposing team, it was a reminder that the Indians have had two chances to lock up the World Series victory and hasn’t been able to do it either time.
So what happens to a grand slam ball that nobody wants? If you’re the Indians ballboy who picked up that discarded ball (perhaps one of the most important Cubs baseballs ever), you find someone who does want it. There were Cubs fans at Progressive Field for Game 6, and that ballboy found one.
Meet Joe Wright, the lucky Cubs fan at Game 6 who is now the proud owner of Addison Russell’s grand slam baseball. That’s who the ballboy gave the ball to, and by the looks of his Facebook post he could not be more thrilled. Wright talked to Chicago’s CBS 2 about what he plans to do with it.
“My grandpa was a die-hard, my dad was a die-hard, both have passed,” he said. “This is for my two sons.”
Baseball is so wonderful, you guys. What an incredible heirloom he can pass down to his sons. Indians ballboy, wherever you are, I salute you.
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