The $20,000 ground-rule double
First of all, happy birthday, Cal.
Secondly, did you hear about this? On Saturday, Jorge Posada ripped a ground-rule double for his 1,000th career hit. Posada wanted the ball, so a Yankees official approached the fan who caught it and offered an autographed bat and ball in exchange. The fan said no and demanded $20,000. Posada said no and that was the end of it.
If I had caught that ball, my requests would have been simple:
1) I want to meet Posada after the game and return the ball to him myself.
2) I’ll need a replacement so my collection won’t be one ball short, and I’d like Posada to write the following message on it: “Dear Zack, thanks for catching and returning my 1,000th career hit. With respect from one catcher to another, Jorge Posada.”
3) I would like to take batting practice on the field at Yankee Stadium. It doesn’t have to be with the team. You guys can be in Canada for all I care. All you have to do is provide the balls and someone (Kevin Brown, perhaps?) to pitch them. Thank you.