I have always wanted to be a part of something special and catch a milestone Home Run ball. Whether it is a record breaking homer or a first career homer I always thought it would be cool to be a part of it. Why? Not for a payday, but for the opportunity to meet the player and be the part of a pretty cool experience. What most people don't understand is milestone baseballs are really not worth that much on the memorabilia market. They will not make you a millionaire or make you famous in any way. I have always thought if you caught one you could negotiate a deal with the player who hit it. I would simply ask for an autograph, maybe a jersey or a bat but just the opportunity to meet the player would be a good enough experience for me. Here are a couple of stories where fans do not feel the same way.
Florida Marlins player Chris Coghlan hit his first home run at Miller Park. The fan demanded a number of items including a Hanley Ramirez signed bat.
Oakland Outfielder Matt Carson hit his first ML home run and the fan demanded $10,000. Carson refused to pay it.
A 12 year old girl caught Ryan Howard's 200th Home Run in Florida. The girl initially traded the ball for a signed Ryan Howard bat. But an attorney helped retrieve the ball after the family realized the ball could be worth more than the bat.