Auckland Tuatara’s Jared Walker was happy for a young fan to keep a piece of history after hitting the club’s first ever home run at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday.
Walker smashed the ball over the right field fence to score the Tuatara’s opening run in what turned out to be a 5-2 victory over Perth Heat.
Baseball players are renowned for wanting mementos from games. They keep the bats or balls from significant hits or strikeouts.
But Walker was happy to let a young fan in the crowd keep his home run ball.
“This kid said he had it and he wants me to sweet spot (autograph) it,” he said.
“I do it for them, I have a lot of memories for keep, but for these kids it goes along way for them.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers affiliated infielder’s hit woke up the Tuatara’s bats after a quiet couple of nights and he said it was a great feeling to create something special.
“It felt good, we were just ready to get some momentum up like we did,” Walker told Stuff.
“It carried through the whole…