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This is the fan who caught Albert Pujols’ 500th homer …

Apr 22, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

The photo comes from Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead …

Sherrill gave the ball back and didn’t want anything in return, according to’s Alden Gonzalez.

Pujols hit his 499th and 500th career homers Tuesday night off Nationals starter Taylor Jordan.

  1. sd619tripleog - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM


    • dickclydesdale - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      So he basically flushed $25,000 down the toilet by giving the ball back. Pretty unwise guy, service people usually don’t get by on brains so they have no other options then to join the service.

      • pinkfloydprism - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        Unwise, or not greedy like most of the people that catch milestones? I think that is a class act that he gave it back. More class than you are showing.

      • zzalapski - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        The Clydesdale is a fine horse, and is unfairly besmirched by its inclusion in the above username. The first part would have sufficed.

        Also, it’s hilarious that s/he conjectured on the mental capacity of strangers and made a typo in the same sentence.

      • jm91rs - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        I hope you live in another country, because those guys protecting my freedom don’t need to waste their efforts protecting yours.

      • ltzep75 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        I’m no tax accountant – but I did use turbotax last week, so I think that makes me an expert – but I would imagine that if you acquire an asset like that, it may have some unfavorable tax treatment.

        Also, kudos for the fan who didn’t act like Snidely Whiplash or Gollum when he came in possession of the ball.

        Lastly, you, Mr. Clydesdale, are misrepresenting your species. You’re not a horse, but rather are clearly an ass. You might want to have a veterinarian check that out. Someone with equine related knowledge of some sort.

      • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        @zep – had he kept the ball, he would’ve had to pay tax on the appraised value. technically, he should be paying tax on whatever goody bag the angels gave him, but the value is likely negligible vs. the actual value of the ball and he won’t be on the IRS’ radar. (coming from a CPA, but I don’t practice tax)

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Wow Mr. Clydesdale. You truly are a Dick.

      • braddavery - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        I don’t agree with the “military people are stupid: idiocy, but I definitely agree this guy is stupid for handing over so much money. We don’t owe these spoiled, rich brats any pity. You want my ball, pay me, Mr. $300+ million.

      • sd619tripleog - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Low blow, not neccessary. But dude should have at least haggled for some charger playoff tickets

  2. gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    he should give it to albert on the condition that albert takes a polygraph test and answers questions about PED usage and his date of birth, and the results will be public.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Yes, as a non-prospect teenager, he risked not being able to go to school by lying about his age when immigrating here.

  3. jvandever007 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Which means there are 500 more baseballs that Albert hit for a home run that look exactly like this one….who really cares at this point

    • ditto65 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM


    • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Had I caught it, I would’ve drawn an anatomically well endowed stick figure on it to differentiate it from the others.

      • tved12 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Based on the other comments I’ve seen from you, it’s not hard to believe that you would love a picture of a big dick.

  4. slaugin - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    After seeing the pic, I though his name would have been Chad

  5. rbj1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Good season tickets autographed stuff and a picture with Albert. Don’t like holding the ball hostage, you didn’t put the sweat and failure into that

    Good for him.

  6. stunzeed5 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    USAF member showing his core values and returning a ball that the avg joe would have on eBay by now. #respect

    • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      and I would’ve smiled all the way to the bank.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      In a way this is like winning a small lottery, Albert has millions upon millions, I’m sure he wouldn’t begrudge a fan to get fair market value which I’m sure wouldn’t amount to a drop in Albert’s bucket. There’s no need to be greedy but how about just enough to erase some debt, a mortgage perhaps or just enough to start a trust fund for my children’s education. That kind of thing.

      • Reflex - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        This is the first time I’ve ever voted you down, Francisco. Its Albert’s accomplishment. For you its just a lucky stroke that you were in the right place at the right time. Quite frankly, if the player didn’t want it I’d give it to the nearest kid who did. Its just a ball. Don’t care the perceived value by a bunch of bloodsucking memorabilia dealers. For Albert its his career. For a kid its a great memory. For an adult, its a baseball.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:06 AM

        To each his own. Your opinion is as valid as mine. To me baseball is a great game I follow and have great passion for the team I support. At the end of the day though it’s another form of entertainment just like many others. We always return to the reality of bills, work and figuring out how to provide for you and your family. If I’m lucky enough to have an opportunity to get some security for my kids in these uncertain economic times then I will. My kids trump any sentimentality for Baseball.

        Remember a good number of these players and owners make far, far more money in a year than most of us in our lifetimes. A lot of them had the good fortune of being good and skilled in an industry that rewards them handsomely.

      • jm91rs - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        Reflex, if you get the ball, DO NOT give it to the nearest kid. His dad will put it on eBay the minute he gets home.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Just to be clear though Reflex, there’s nothing wrong with your position. That’s what you would do and that’s great. I would do something different and you disagree with me, also fine. The world is boring if everyone agrees with you. So if you do luck out into such an opportunity I’ll be the first to defend you if you get any crap for your decision to simply give the ball to the player.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Actually I’m assuming your position is similar to stunzeed5. But by your reaction I’m speculating you would simply give the ball back to the player, no strings attached.

      • Reflex - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        Honestly if the player wants to give me a jersey and bat or something that’s their business and I’d accept graciously. But if they don’t, I’d settle for a handshake. I’d honestly like to congratulate them. Of course if they don’t want to even say hi, I’d give it back but I’d have a story to tell about how they were kind of a jerk.

        I just don’t really feel that something like that belongs to me. I get that you are looking at it through the lens of your family, but I’m looking at it through the lens of his life and the things that may have value to him. Sure that means I could charge him, but really I don’t feel that is ethical given that for him it was an act of skill and determination, and for me it was quite literally dumb luck.

        Just my values. I admire the guy who gave it back. I hope they do something for him. But I think the part that makes it admirable is that nothing was asked for.

    • braddavery - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      WTF does this have to do with values??? How is getting what something is worth morally reprehensible.

  7. cuns2317 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    It’s great to hear a story about a fan doing the right thing.

  8. jimatkins - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    I’d kind of like my name on the plaque as donor, in the hall of fame or wherever. I’m guessing this will be at Anaheim next to the World Series trophy for a while.

    • ltzep75 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      You’re referring to that old WS trophy, yes? I want to make sure this isn’t some proclamation that LAA is going to win one any time soon.

  9. luz56 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Can’t believe the asinine comments by some…. Morals and values still exist with some people…

    • 4d3fect - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      I just upvoted you, but…you do realize where you’re posting, right?

    • braddavery - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Again, it’s immoral to get true value for your possessions? Get real.

  10. chumthumper - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Pujols? Is that guy still around? After leaving St. Louis, I thought he fell off the face of the earth. Not nearly as much ink (or font) since moving to CA. (Except, of course, for that slump early last season.)

  11. mottershead1972 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    San Diego super chargers… In DC nonetheless

  12. goodellisruiningtheleague - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I doubt the Angels management/Pujols let him leave empty handed and they said he would be giving the ball to Pujols personally after the game.

  13. jm91rs - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Classy to give it back, he’s a “better” man than I. You better believe if I get something like that I’m selling it to the highest bidder. If it can pay for a year of my kid’s tuition, or my daughter’s wedding (she’s 16 months old right now and I’m already worried about this!), then hell yes it’s for sale. With all due respect to Albert Pujols, my family’s financial security and comfort is my priority.

    • jm91rs - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Maybe to make myself feel better about “Albert’s” ball, I would give a donation to his foundation or another worthy Down Sydrome related charity, but most of that money is going towards something to better my kid’s lives.

  14. chargrz - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    If Pujols really wanted the ball back he could have easily bought it back as he probably has enough $ in his wallet. Giving back the ball may have seemed like the noble thing to do under normal conditions but not this time. We are not talking about a kid who just hit a home run in Little League after all.The fan could have contacted Pujols’ agent and gave him first crack at the ball. If he declined then obviously it was not that important to Albert.

  15. dotdashx4 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Classy move, but I would have given it to a child instead, and told them to hold onto it until it was time for college.

  16. unlost1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Mark McGwire 70th Home Run Ball – $3,005,000

  17. Andee - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    If I was ever fortunate enough to catch a milestone home run, I think all I’d ask for was to give it to the player who hit it personally. I would think it would be fun to meet Pujols, shake the guy’s hand, congratulate him and give him his piece of professional history back. Oh, and maybe a New Era. Those things can get expensive.

  18. tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    That’s a great gesture on that guy’s part. I know these players make millions, but that doesn’t mean sentimental value doesn’t exist for them. It’s easy for us fans to forget sometimes that those are people on the field and most of them are actually decent human beings.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM


      It’s hilarious that you want to lecture on decency.

  19. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I think the guy who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball got into some tax trouble, as it was considered an asset. Not sure what the resolution was on that. Hopefully the IRS can recognize a good deed (and I hope the guy gets some season tickets or something out of the deal).

    • tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      The guy who caught Jeter’s ball gave it back, too. His tax trouble actually came from being given a luxury box for the rest of the season (Or maybe it was just season tickets, but I seem to recall it being a box). I remember the IRS saying he would owe them taxes but I can’t recall if they tried to say it was for some arbitrary “market value” figure for the ball or if it was for the tickets. But yes, there can definitely be taxes owed when you’re the “lucky” fan.

      • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        It’s the notion of imputed income. He didn’t have a monetary gain from the physical exchange, but bartered and received an asset of X value. The tax would’ve had to be on the value of the tix which would’ve been considered the FMV of the ball. I think the Yankees made him whole by “gifting” him the amount of the tax. Each individual (as a single filer) could give up to $13K to an unlimited number of donees in 2011. I think the semantics involved Levine, and/or other brass of the Yankees cutting “gift” checks to this guy.

  20. rohlo - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    #gobolts # goangels #congratspujols

  21. miguelcairo - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Did he at least get a Pujols jersey?!

  22. alara07 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Very admirable and honorable of Mr. Sherrill to give HR ball back. As a major MLB fanatic I don’t believe I would have given ball back or sell it at all,I would keep it and have it passed down for generations. I truely believe its baseball history.

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