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Tigers fan wont return Albert Pujols milestone ball: Im not in it for the money

Tigers fan wont return Albert Pujols milestone ball: Im not in it for the money


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Tigers fan who got Albert Pujols’ historic ball won’t give it back

Ely Hydes was courted by the Tigers and Angels, but decided to keep Albert Pujols’ milestone RBI ball. Here’s what happened.

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The first ball Ely Hydes ever got at a baseball game was a historic one Thursday afternoon.

Hydes, a Detroit Tigers fan, had just gotten to his seat at Comerica Park, when the Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hit a long home run to left field, becoming the third player ever to notch 2,000 career RBIs.

Hydes corralled the ball as it bounced and rolled between seats on the concrete ground to own a piece of history.

But despite generous efforts from the Tigers and Angels, Hydes decided to keep the baseball, though Major League Baseball would not authenticate the ball once he left the park with it.

“I’m not in it for the money, I just came here for the beer and a game,” Hydes said in an interview with Fox Sports Detroit during the game, a 13-0 loss for the Tigers.

Pujols said the fan “has the right to keep it.”

Hydes wasn’t happy with how ballpark security approached the situation.

Here’s what happened:

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