Pujols & the ball that became his first Angels hit
Albert Pujols got his first hit as a member of the Angels in the fourth inning on Saturday afternoon, snapping an 0-for-4 skid to start the season by doubling on a line drive that landed just below the left-field fence.
That ball (pictured right) then went through a bit of an adventure. It was the same ball that Kendrys Morales singled to left field on, the same ball Alex Gordon used to throw Pujols out at the plate after he ran threw third-base coach Dino Ebel‘s stop sign, the same ball Torii Hunter then flew out to center field on for the third out of the inning, and the same ball Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain flipped up to the stands on his way to the dugout.
In between innings, Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead phoned security to retrieve the ball from the fan. After some negotiating, the Angels got it back. The trade-off: A Pujols autograph, an Eric Hosmer autograph (they’re Royals fans) and four tickets to an upcoming game.
Not a bad tradeoff.
A ball, by the way, can’t be authenticated once it goes into the stands.