Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Sherrill got more than he bargained for when he went to Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Angels game.
The Pamona, Calif., resident grabbed one left field bleacher seat before the start of the game. After future hall-of-famer Albert Pujols slugged his 499th career home run in the first inning, Sherrill moved over with the hopes of potentially catching No. 500 — and then he did.
Pujols hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, which eventually ended up in Sherrill’s hands.
“It went so far up that I just turned around and hauled [my butt] up the stairs and it worked out,” Sherrill told The Washington Post. “There was another guy there named Chris, he was running down the stairs. We kinda squared each other up. It bounced off of him and into my hands.”
Fans who catch milestone balls have been known to make some rather lavish requests in return for the ball, but not the 29-year-old Air Force member.
“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 said after being interviewed by Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West.
In the end, Sherrill walked away with an Angels hat and the team got his address to presumably send him more gear and tickets to future games. He also managed to get the fan who originally dropped the ball down to the clubhouse with his kids to take a photo with Pujols.
Watch Sherrill catch the 500th home run ball in the video below (eight seconds in).
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by Tactical-Life / Apr 23, 2014