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‘I don’t want money’ says fan who caught Albert Pujols’ 2,000th RBI ball

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Albert Pujols‘ 2,000th RBI came on a solo homer into the Comerica Park bleachers. The fan who caught it, a 33-year-old law student and father-to-be named Ely Hydes, left the park with it. He didn’t get it authenticated and he didn’t accept any of the Tigers’ officials’ offers of swag in exchange.

It was a decision that led to a lot of people online wondering what was wrong with him. How do you not get an autographed baseball, a jersey and a meet-and-greet from Albert Pujols?! How do you not know that the ball will be worth something on memorabilia market one day and think about cashing in?

As this story from Tony Paul of the Detroit News makes clear, however, Hydes isn’t really operating on that level. And it’s rather refreshing to hear:

“I don’t want money,” he told The News. “I don’t care . . . don’t care about the money. It’s an heirloom.”

It’s worth noting, also, that according to Hydes, the Tigers officials who came to him to try to barter for the ball were giving him the hard sell and being somewhat jerky about it.

For what it’s worth, Pujols — who I’m sure has more than his fair share of memorabilia from his illustrious career — was equally zen about the whole thing:

“He can keep it. It’s a great memory for him. I mean we play this game for the fans, and it’s a piece of history that he’s going to have for the rest of his life.”

If the guy who hit it is cool with it and the guy who caught it is cool with it, I think that’s the end of the story.

 

Aaron Boone receives one-game suspension for explosive tirade

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.

The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”

Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”

In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.