Some baseball fans live their entire game-going lives and never get a whiff of catching a home-run ball.
“That's just crazy,” Lloyd, a student at Thomas More College, had to admit.
Lloyd’s first catch, of pitcher Mike Leake’s first home run in the fourth inning, was bare-handed and, Lloyd said, “it hurt really bad.” The very next batter, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, hit another dinger to the same spot — and it ended up in Lloyd’s lap. (Mercifully painlessly.)
“The second one bounced behind me and bounced right into my lap,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that's just crazy!’ I couldn't believe my eyes. Right now, I still can't believe it's happening.”
Know what’s really crazy, though? Despite never having caught a ball at a game before, Lloyd gave both balls away. He gave Leake his home-run ball in exchange for an autograph. (“I just wanted to meet him,” Lloyd said.)
And the second ball? Lloyd gave it to the guy he’d gone to the game with because his uncle procured the ducats.
It wasn’t quite a perfect game for Lloyd, though. The next batter, Drew Stubbs, also homered. Lloyd didn’t catch that one. That would have been really crazy.