Tigers fan changes mind about Albert Pujols' historic HR ball

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols tosses his bat after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit Thursday

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols tosses his bat after hitting a solo home run for his 2,000 career RBI. More

On Thursday, Ely Hydes was in the right place at the right time as he caught Albert Pujols' 2,000th RBI ball during the Detroit Tigers game against the Los Angeles Angels.

"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.

Tigers fan Ely Hydes, said Thursday he had made a decision to keep the ball, telling Fox Sports Detroit that he "just came here for a beer and a game".

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