Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich in Monday night's win over the Reds added to his NL MVP resume by hitting for the cycle. In doing so, . Beyond that, Yelich is now the first player in MLB history to hit for the cycle twice in the same season against the same team (assist: Reds pitching).
So it was a big night for the 26-year-old outfielder -- the kind of night that justifies procuring a souvenir. Speaking of which, a young Brewers fan named Michael Richter retrieved Yelich's fifth-inning home run ball (thank to an usher who tossed him the ball). That was Yelich's third hit of the night, so it wasn't yet a history-making cycle. When it soon thereafter became a cycle, though, young Mr. Richter decided to hand over the goods . For his troubles, he got to meet Yelich and get a little something coming back the other way. Color-television footage forthcoming ...
Hey, not a bad trade if you're a young Brewers rooter.
As for Yelich, he enters Tuesday's slate with a 2018 line of .318/.385/.570 and leading the NL in slugging, OPS, and OPS+. Suffice it to say, his first season in Milwaukee is going swimmingly, and without him the Brewers probably wouldn't be in playoff position.