Yankees Pony Up, A-Rod Will Get His 3000th Hit Ball
After Alex Rodriguez knocked his 3,000th hit Derek Jeter style, the story became what will become of the historic ball?
Rodriguez's 3,000th hit, a home run, after bouncing around in the stands ended up in the hands of Zack Hampel, a noted baseball collector who claims to have gathered over 8,000 bleacher-bound baseballs in his time as a Major League Baseball follower.
Hampel on his twitter account, at the time said he had no idea what he would do with the ball. One day passed, still no idea, one week, still nothing.
As ESPN's Andrew Marchand reports after two weeks, which included negotiations with A-Rod and Yankees management an agreement has been reached and the ball will be given to Rodriguez.
From Marchand's report the Yankees will donate $150,000 to a charity Hampel supports Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports that helps underserved communities afford to play the game of baseball. Marchand also reports that Hample will also receive some memorabilia, tickets and other perks from the Yankees.
Hampel's most recent blog post as of this writing details his entire historic day, from dashing in to the stadium to watch batting practice to shot after shot catching the historic home run ball. Check it out right here.