Pujols Hits 500th Homer; Fan Returns Ball

The trend continues.  Another baseball fan gave up a potentially big payday to return a milestone home run ball to the player who hit it.  Tom Sherrill, a member of the U.S. Air Force and an Angels fan, just happened to be at Nationals Park Tuesday night and just happened to be the guy who came up with Albert Pujols’ 500th home run ball.  Sherrill turned it back over to Pujols after the game.

Pujols 500th home run batPujols homered twice off pitcher Taylor Jordan, with the second coming in the fifth inning.  He became the 26th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 500 career homers and the third youngest to do it, trailing only Jimmie Foxx and Alex Rodriguez.

500th home run ball Albert PujolsThe value of the ball is a little hard to determine but a six-figure price would not have been out of the question.  The 500th home run ball hit by Rodriguez was sold by SCP Auctions for $103,579 in 2010.

Whether Sherrill was aware of the potential value of the ball wasn’t clear but told interviewers he knew the ball would mean more to Pujols than it would to him.  Sherill met with Pujols after the game. A fan who came running down the aisle and appeared to have the ball in his sights couldn’t hang onto it and Sherrill came up with the bobble.