J.D. Martinez exchanges bat for ball, and everyone goes home happy.
Edgar Cuevas and his friends arrived a little late to Minute Maid Park, so they were not yet settled in their seats when J.D. Martinez came to the plate in the bottom of the first.
Sometimes tardiness pays off. Cuevas watched through one of the oval openings along the walkway above left-center, saw Martinez take a mighty swing, heard the crack of the bat and knew immediately the ball might be headed his way.
“I went for it,” Cuevas said.
And he caught the ball. In an instant, he found himself besieged by friendly workers from guest services, whose job it is to make sure players who hit milestone home runs have a chance to get the ball back. They had no problem negotiating with Cuevas, who was more than happy to give up the ball in exchange for a signed bat from Martinez.
A meeting took place outside the Astros clubhouse following the game. Martinez offered a new bat, but Cuevas politely indicated he’d rather have one that was game-used. No problem, Martinez said, darting back to the clubhouse. Soon, he emerged with a different bat, signed it, posed for a dozen or so pictures and thanked Cuevas for his kindness.
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