The fan who caught the ball hit by Albert Pujols on his 700th career home run is reportedly intent on keeping it, turning down several offers to buy the ball before leaving Dodger Stadium with it. according to Ben Verlander of Fox Sports. An unknown fan now owns a piece of baseball history like Pujols hit 700 home runs.
The St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter hit a milestone by hitting home runs at bats on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Pujols hitting #700 into the left field pavilion during the fourth inning. With that home run, Pujols joined Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762) as the only players in MLB history to ever hit 700 homers.
If a fan had been willing to give up the ball after Pujol’s home run, it would probably have earned him a very solid reward from the Cardinals or anyone else who wanted the ball. Instead, the fan decided to keep a piece of Major League history for himself, which Pujols later said didn’t bother him.
“The souvenirs are for the fans. I have no problem if they want to keep them,” Pujols said. according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “If they want him back, that’s great. But in the end, I don’t focus on material things.”
Puyol’s 700 home run helps complete his legacy from a 22-year Major League career that saw the 42-year-old do just about everything that needs to be done in baseball, including winning three NL MVP awards and being selected to 11 All-Star games. and win the World Series twice with the Cardinals. Pujols will retire at the end of the 2022 season.