Los Angeles Angels fan Tom Sherrill caught Albert Pujols’s 500th career home run Tuesday night and will give the Angeles slugger the milestone ball back.
Pujols became the 26th player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs.
Sherrill, a 29-year-old staff sergeant in the Air Force, told Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West that he will “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,” Sherrill added. “I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
Sherrill got the ball but Chris Gordon of Olney, Md. is the one that should have, and he has a welt on his abdomen along with scrapes on both knees and an elbow to prove it.
Gordon ran down to where the ball was headed but was unable to coral it after the ball hit his midsection.
“I was watching the ball thinking, ‘I got this,’” Gordon says.
Sherrill invited Gordon and his two sons to join him in the handoff to Pujols.
All involved walked away with autographed caps and balls from Pujols.