Albert Pujols became just the fifth person ever to hit 2,000 RBI’s on Thursday. A home run to left field put him in the company of Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, A-Rod and Cap Anson. The triumphant moment was almost perfect. All they needed was the ball to commemorate the day. But one stubborn Detroit Tigers fan was determined to ruin it.
The 2,000th RBI ball was a home run. That makes it fair game to anyone that can come up with it. I believe the rule is either possession and a baseball move or a sacrifice of at least $30 of food. The Angels and Tigers both made attempts to trade for the ball, offering signed merchandise from Pujols and Mike Trout, but no dice. That fan was not going to give up that ball.
So, one would assume that if the fan was not going to give up such a valuable ball that they would want to sell it, right? In order for that to happen, it would first need to be authenticated by the MLB at the game it happened. This too was offered to the fan which he refused again and left the stadium. The ball is now worthless.
What kind of point could this fan have been trying to make? He didn’t want to give up the ball. That’s fine. Fans have the right to keep home run balls. He didn’t want trade the ball for a signed jersey or some bobbleheads. Also fine. The ball is probably more valuable. He didn’t even want it authenticated. That’s where the problem is. This fan just caught what could be the most valuable ball of 2019 season and he doesn’t want to do anything, but erase history.
If all he wanted was to say fuck you to Pujols, he couldn’t even accomplish that. When interviewed about the ball, Pujols says he doesn’t care about it.
Hats off to you, Pujols. Congrats on 2,000 RBI’s.