He didn’t make a barehanded catch or a leaping grab but Red Sox fan Nick Wood has quite a tale to tell about the home run ball he’s walking around with these days.
Wood sort of lucked into tickets for last Saturday night’s American League Championship Series game but came away with the biggest souvenir of the night.
Seated in the stands at Fenway Park with the Sox down 2-1 in the 7th inning, Wood watched slumping Shane Victorino’s long fly ball sail toward him. Somehow the ball literally bounced his way and now he owns a home run ball that could be worth some serious money.
It’s not Carlton Fisk or Bernie Carbo in ’75 or David Ortiz against the Yankees in the ALCS in 2004, but it’s ranked as one of the biggest blasts in Red Sox history.
Victorino’s grand slam propelled the Sox back to the World Series, which opens Wednesday night.
Wood, a college student from Rhode Island, has been literally sleeping with the ball and carting it around with him ever since he picked it up but hopefully he realizes it might be worth a lot more than a couple of World Series tickets. Watch the story from a Boston TV station: