A hometown crowd at Angel Stadium witnessed Albert Pujols hit his landmark 600th home run on Sunday.
The high home run curved toward the foul pole in left field, and when it went into the fans, everyone was puzzled what happened to the baseball.
Questions were immediately raised, among them did fans fought for its possession after it fell to the ground, or did somebody catch it and if that was the case, who was the lucky fan who caught that historic baseball?
The fellow who took the limelight was Scott Steffel, a 23-year-old lifelong fanatic of the Los Angeles Angels.
Describing the thrilling experience, Steffel said he stuck his glove out and the ball fell right into it.
He added : “Next thing you know I’m on the ground, people all over me and my brother and dad pulling people off and standing and I had the ball in my glove and couldn’t believe it.’’
Steffel had lots of time to savour the unbelievable catch after Pujols hit the historic home run, actually a grand slam, in the fourth inning.
The feat was a once-in-a lifetime moment.
For a guy like Steffel, he should have kept the ball as memento that he will cherish the rest of his life.
But nope, to the surprise of all, Steffel gave the ball back to Pujols – for free.
His reason for doing so?
“It’s not my ball, it’s his. He deserves it. He’s one of the best baseball players right now. Of all time, ‘’ quipped Steffel.
So what did Pujols give the thrilled-to-heaven fan in return?
The 37-year-old first baseman for the Angels rewarded him with a big hug.
Priceless was the apt word to describe expression on Steffel’s face.
What he achieved and what Pujols did were enough for him to be part of that historic night in baseball.