Legendary slugger Albert Pujols on Friday night became just the fourth hitter in MLB history to reach 700 home runs, and, as with any milestone longball, a fortunate fan may have stumbled into a windfall in the process.
Pujols' benchmark tater was snagged by a spectator a row or two beyond the left-field wall at Dodger Stadium:
According to FOX Sports MLB analyst Ben Verlander, the fan in question left the stadium with it still in his possession despite being "approached" with "offers."
It's unclear what the fan's long-term plans for the ball are, but his apparent preference for holding onto it could set up an interesting -- and potentially lucrative -- negotiation.
Pujols, for his part, said he was fine with the fan's decision to keep the small piece of history.
"Souvenirs are for the fans," he said. "I don’t have any problem if they want to keep it. If they want to give it back, that’s great. But at the end of the day, I don’t focus on material stuff."
The fan's decision comes in contrast to the Yankees fan who recently caught Aaron Judge's 60th home run, and promptly traded it for a chance to meet Judge and take photographs with him, as well as signed memorabilia including bats and balls.
The Yankees fan, identified by news reports as a 20-year-old college student, said he wouldn't have felt right holding onto Judge's keepsake, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
But the Dodgers fan apparently had a different perspective on things. And most fans and journalists on social media seemed to support his decision: