Lucky Reds fan catches back-to-back home run balls
Reds organization, you might want to sign that guy and play him in your outfield.
"That guy" is Caleb Lloyd, a 20-year-old college student and random person who had the insane luck of having two of his beloved Reds hit home run balls right toward him. Lloyd caught both, video of which is below.
Dude did not even keep either of the two baseballs. The first ball was Reds pitcher Mike Leake's first career home run, and the fan returned the ball to Leake in exchange for an autograph. The second ball, young Mr. Lloyd gifted to the friend of his who gave him the ticket to the game.
"The first one I actually barehanded, " Lloyd told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It hit my hand and I didn't expect to actually catch it ... it hurt really bad, so I'm like, 'I'm not doing it again.' But the second one bounced behind me and then it bounced into my lap. My buddy's like, 'You caught a second one!' I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is crazy.'" Shockingly, this is not the first incident of a fan catching two home run balls at the same game. Fox Sports reports that a Yankee fan caught two home run balls at a 2007 game in New York. A Houston Astros fan caught two home run balls in an 18-inning contest back in 2006.
Niether of those were in back-to-back at-bats, though, as these home run ball catches were.
The Reds organization does not actually have plans to sign the glue-handed fan and play him in the outfield. The Reds are, however, making Mr. Lloyd an honorary captain for tonight's rematch against the Braves.