Catching Number 714


From CNN/SI:

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tyler Snyder caught Barry Bonds’ 714th homer on the fly Saturday, snagging it cleanly with his glove. The people around the 19-year-old Athletics fan cheered wildly, with nobody assaulting or gouging him.

Bonds got a standing ovation from the Bay Area’s forgiving faithful — and then Snyder got to speak the minds of millions of baseball lovers who see Bonds as the game’s greatest antihero.

“I hate that guy,” Snyder told reporters before he was whisked away. “I don’t really care for the guy.”…

…There’s not much sentimentality around this quest — and it sure has a money-colored tint. The ball still was in Snyder’s glove when the holder of Bonds’ latest horsehide lottery ticket said he definitely would sell the ball.

When asked if he would consider giving it to Bonds, Snyder declined with a mild expletive.