Thursday's Los Angeles Angels-Detroit Tigers game was a historic one, as Albert Pujols notched his 2,000th RBI on a home run to left field. "The Machine" is now the third person ever to have 2,000 RBI on his resume.
Nothing could spoil the moment.
Well, one fan tried. The Tigers fan who caught the ball turned down offers from the Angels and Tigers, ultimately deciding to leave the ballpark...without getting it authenticated. Some of the offers included signed gear from Pujols and Angels star Mike Trout.
Apparently the fan who caught Albert Pujols' 2,000th RBI ball declined to exchange it for anything, Pujols/Trout-signed gear. Many offers were made by #Tigers and #Angels officials. The guy left the stadium. The ball is not authenticated. It is worth nothing once fan left park.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) May 9, 2019
The fan in question took exception to how he was treated during negotiations, as he was threatened to not have the ball authenticated.
As a result, the fan can't sell the ball, and is now essentially worthless.
Eli Hyde, the guy who caught the ball said the people who surrounded him looking to acquire the ball said they would not authenticate it if he left the ball park with it rendering it worthless. Hyde was not happy with how the negotiators went about the conversation.— Jeff Riger (@riger1984) May 9, 2019
When speaking with the media following the game, Pujols accepted the fate of the historic baseball, saying there was nothing he could do about it. Pujols said the fan has the right to keep the baseball, and he wasn't going to fight him to get it back.
Pujols "I don't play this game so I can pay fans so they can give me, you know... He can have that piece of history, its for the fans that we play for too. He has the right to keep it, the ball went in the stands so I would never fight anybody to give anything back"— Jeff Riger (@riger1984) May 9, 2019
The baseball in question would've had a home in Cooperstown, where Pujols will be inducted one day. Instead, the ball will remain in the possession of the fan, which the Angels slugger seems to have no problem with.