People always talk about what they’d get if they caught a famous home run ball. How much they’d auction it for. Or, if they were to “give” it back to the player who hit it, what they’d get in exchange.
Tom Sherrill, an Air Force staff sergeant, caught Albert Pujols’ 500th home run ball in Washington. And, as was reported last month, he just gave it back. He didn’t ask for money or merch or tickets or autographs. But, as the Los Angeles Daily News reports, he got all kinds of cool experiences out of it anyway.
Maybe he gets those experiences even if he cajoles some swag from Pujols and the Angels. But it’s nice to see things being done gratuitously for a change.
Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.
Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.
Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:
This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.
The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.
As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.