Staff Sgt. Tom Sherrill caught a piece of baseball history last night, and decided to give it back without asking for anything in return.
Sherrill, a native of Pomona, Calif., caught a homer run ball off the bat of Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols on Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The homer was historic, the 500th hit by Albert Pujols. It would have gone for thousands, but Sherrill said he wanted to just give it back to Pujols.
“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 told Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West, according to Yahoo Sports.
Sherrill grabbed the ball after it bounced off another fan. So he insisted that the other fan and his kids get their picture taken with Pujols, according to Yahoo. He also walked away with an Angels hat and four tickets to a future Angels game.
By comparison, the 500th home run ball hit by Alex Rodriguez was sold in 2010 for more than $100,000.
Sherrill told the Washington Post he was in D.C. for a week for training.