"If he doesn't want the ball, " Pujols said, "he can give the ball to Cooperstown".
Pujols originally stood firm on his rejection of the ball. If he wanted to keep it, the authentication wouldn't make a difference.
"I was surprised. And we had security sitting by us and we heard them say "he's not giving it up" over the radio", said Tigers' fan Jessica Burley, who was at Thursday's game. I slept on it and I woke up and I think [Pujols] is a class act.
The Tigers told the Detroit News that they don't agree with the characterization that Hydes was pressured, but Hydes obviously felt like he was.
He did walk away, and Hydes kept the ball. He said the ball would be a gift to the Hall of Fame "donated in the name of Cyrus Arlo Maloney and the people of Detroit".
Hydes may not come away with money or Pujols memorabilia from the experience, but he will come away with another prize.
"I told the guys, 'Just leave it". I think he deserves it.
As for Pujols, he reiterated his position on Thursday that he was OK with the fan keeping the ball. "I just hope he can enjoy it".
Despite Pujols' response, a number of fans on social media believe Hydes should have given the ball back.
Hydes didn't want money in exchange for the ball. He just wanted to keep the ball he caught - a ball that has an incredible baseball story attached to it - to give to someone he loves.