People are making such a big deal about what this old timer did after the catch that it’s taking away from the catch itself. This is one of the finer fan catches I’ve ever seen. Actually, it may be the best of all time, and the guy is 65 years old! Impressive.
Watch the video below. He actually robs the homerun ball from leaving the stadium. He stands on the bleacher, fully extends, then risks his life for the ball. That 65-year-old frame isn’t exactly as limber as it used to be, but he sold out for the ball, and BOOM, he’s on SportsCenter.
The fan was identified as Mike Pullin, a softball playing retiree from Rochelle. During the elation immediately following the catch of a lifetime, and without a moment of hesitation, Mike pulled the ol’ switcheroo and swapped the game ball for a fake before tossing it back onto the playing field, per Wrigley custom.
Pullin, who brought his glove, caught the ball and avoided falling over the railing. He followed Wrigley tradition and threw a ball back onto the field, but it wasn’t the game ball. Instead he threw a ball that he had brought, one that his dog liked to play with.
“I saw the ball coming, and it’s a pretty easy catch for me,” said Pullin, who played softball for 31 years, starring at first base and in left field.
Beer league softball veteran. Should have seen that coming.