You’ve just latched onto a very expensive piece of baseball memorabilia. You’re in a strange city and a lot of people know who you are. You’d be paranoid too.
The hard part is over for Matt Murphy. He survived a dangerous rush for the sports memorabilia equivalent of the lottery. He got out of the stadium OK. No one broke into his hotel room and now the ball rests safely in the hands of an auction company ready to pump a nice deposit into his bank account.
His 15 minutes of fame may be about up, but as the auction for Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball continued, Murphy talked with… TIME.