Albert Pujols blasted his 499th and 500th home runs tonight at Nationals Park, becoming the 26th member of the 500 Home Run Club. Pujols, who became the third-youngest player to reach 400 home runs at Nationals Park in August 2010, hit both his home runs Tuesday off of Taylor Jordan. The first was a three-run shot in the first inning. The second was a two-run shot in the fifth and provided a baseball memory to last a lifetime for everyone in attendance.
At least one fan, however, would like to forget it.
Pujols’s historic homer wound up in the possession of the guy pictured above only after it bounced out of the hands of a fan who appeared to have a read on it as he came running down the steps in front of the Red Porch.
It only got worse from there.
Prior to tonight, the last player to reach 500 home runs was Gary Sheffield in 2009. The fan who caught Sheffield’s 500th homer returned it to him in exchange for some memorabilia. It appears Pujols’s 500th home run ball will make it back to the Angels slugger as well.
And FP Santangelo reports that the dude who caught the ball is in the Air Force and from Pomona, Calif. Gonna give Pujols the ball for nada
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 23, 2014
— Tim Mead (@TMeadAngels) April 23, 2014
UPDATE: Things turned out all right for the fan who dropped the ball, too.
This is pretty cool: The fan who originally dropped Pujols’ 500th was there w/ his 2 young sons. They still got to go meet Pujols after.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 23, 2014