Found May 22, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:

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Caleb Lloyd got to live the fan’s dream at a baseball game not once … but twice on Monday night. Lloyd, a Reds fan who plays soccer at Thomas More College, caught back-to-back home runs during the Reds-Braves series opener.

The first ball was a homer from pitcher Mike Leake in the fourth that made it a 2-1 lead for Cincinnati. Zack Cozart followed with a home run, making it back-to-back homers for the Reds, and back-to-back home run balls for Lloyd.

“The first one I actually barehanded, ” Lloyd said after the game. “It hit my hand and I didn’t expect to actually catch it. I caught it, and then it bounced off the palm of my hand and I reached out and grabbed 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.'”

Lloyd told reporters he wasn’t even planning to attend the game until his friend called and invited him that day. He gave the second home run ball to his friend and returned the first to Leake because it was the pitcher’s first career home run.

There’s actually more to the story: The Reds actually went back-to-back-to-back that inning, but Lloyd didn’t catch Drew Stubbs’ blast. Stubbs also homered in the first, so he went back-to-back in the game.

The only thing that ranks on a similar level for improbability was this Orioles fan catching three foul balls in the same game. As someone who’s never caught a home run or foul ball at a ballgame, I can say I’m truly envious.

 

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2 Comments:
  • When I was a kid my dad caught two foul balls in one game at old Met Stadium. We were in the bleachers down the 3rd base line and the Twins were playing the Indians. I was about 8. I remember him just reaching up and grabbing them out of the air. pretty cool for a kid to see. We ended up playing baseball with them later that summer. Never occurred to us they could be collector's items. don't remember who hit them.
    Pretty cool of this guy to return the one to the pitcher and give the other to his friend.
  • this fellow proves that there are truly good americans out there----it's harder and harder to believe everyday---someone sueing somebody--fighting over lottery tickets---making crap up to get there 15 minutes of fame and of course---ur wonderful media jumping on every pererted---twisted and disgusting story they can get their hands on---but of course sensationalism is what that b unce of whackos is about-----good for you Caleb---I applaud you
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