An old man went to Wrigley Field last night and almost died trying to catch a home run ball. It’s a good thing he didn’t because that’s an incredibly lame way to depart this planet.
Fired up by his snag of Mark Reynolds’ homer — and apparently unfazed by nearly toppling 20-plus feet down to Waveland Avenue, the crafty veteran had the presence of mind to pull an switcheroo before throwing it back.
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Oh, we see what you did there, pal. Pretty smart.
Mike 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.
He had watched a replay of his catch on his phone.
“It looks good on TV,” he said. “It’s a good time, and a good reaction from the crowd.”
Pullin likes sitting in the last row of the bleachers for the back support, and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
This guy gets a pass for bringing a glove and spare ball to the game because he is 65-years-old. But it’s a close call. Don’t the rest of you get any ideas.