The St. Louis Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko cranked a dinger against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the first inning. And the Pirates fan who caught the ball in PNC Park’s right-center field seats wasn’t having any of it.
Without hesitation, the fan immediately turned around and chucked the baseball into the Allegheny River:
The Pirates’ broadcast later had on the fan, Jeff, to talk about his decision to throw the ball into the river. Jeff said that if you’re a true Pirates fan, “you’ll throw away home run balls into the river.”
Fair enough. Additionally, Jeff’s girlfriend said how he told her on the way to the game that he would throw a Cardinals home run ball into the river if he got the chance. And obviously she didn’t expect that chance to actually come:
“Well we were in the car and he told me, ‘If I catch a Cardinals home run ball I’m going to throw it back into the river.’ And I didn’t think much of it because I didn’t think it was going to happen.”
Perhaps Jeff inspired Gerrit Cole and the Pirates to pitch better, as they didn’t allow a run after the Gyorko homer, and won 5-2.