Depending on the magnitude of a home run milestone in baseball, the fan who catches it in the stands could be in for a king's ransom, and at worst some signed gear or tickets. For a player's 300th home run, it's usually the latter, but that doesn't mean you aren't allowed to sweeten the pot a little bit.
That's what New York Yankees fan Tim Kunz did on Thursday night in the Bronx after catching Giancarlo Stanton's 300th, line-drive home run over the right field wall. In the bottom of the third, with the Yankees down 1-0, Stanton roped one to right, ending his 10-game home run drought and becoming the fifth-fastest player to reach the 300 mark in MLB history. Kunz was on the receiving end:
After Yankees security came to get Kunz, it was time to negotiate. While the 300 number is a big milestone, it's not quite a 600th or 700th homer, or a 3,000th hit for that matter. So Kunz couldn't get away with asking for, say, his own baseball card, a 2009 World Series ring, $50,000 toward his student loans, luxury box tickets for the rest of the year and signed memorabilia from Derek Jeter like that one fan got when he caught Jeter's 3,000th hit. Instead, Kunz kept it very simple, and, according to YES Network's Jack Curry, traded the ball for a meet and greet with Stanton, a few signed baseballs, tickets to a future game, a clubhouse and field tour, and, most importantly, two cold brewskis:
Considering a pair of Bud Lattes at Yankee Stadium costs around $88.50 (rough estimate), this was a savvy addition to the deal from Kunz, especially if they were in the big souvenir cups. Guy has got his priorities in order.