When Cincinnati Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz blasted his first MLB home run , there was a good chance he would never see that ball again. Lucky for De La Cruz, one fan in the last row of Great American Ballpark had good reaction time and a sense of generosity.
In the bottom of the first inning, De La Cruz faced Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Noah Syndergaard and sent the 0-1 pitch flying well over the right field wall. The ball nearly left the stadium, but local high school senior Alex French quickly grabbed the ball after it came down in the last row.
French did pay a physical price for the home run ball. He initially tried to catch the ball out of the air, and he showed WCPO 9 in Cincinnati the mark it left on his hand.
After the game, French got together with the Reds and agreed to give De La Cruz his first career home run ball. The official Reds Twitter account posted photos of De La Cruz posing with French and his friends, and it looks like they were all compensated with souvenirs.
It was a generous decision by French, because that ball could be worth a lot of money one day. De La Cruz is currently ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the MLB, according to MLB.com. That was just De La Cruz's second game, and he already has three hits in his first seven at-bats.