Adam Jones’ 49th Career Home Run (9/14/10)

Jones HR 2 (2010)

Jones HR 1 (20110)

From my 2010 ball hawk season in review blog post:

After under-rowing the last homerun hit my way. I told my friend, who was sitting with me, that my first move on the next one will be up the steps then back down. When Adam Jones struck one in the 8th, I immediately ran up the steps, evaluated the flight of the ball, the quickly ran back down. Thankfully, the ball was going to land right in the stairs and it was hit high in the air, giving me time to recover. I reached over the mob of five people and caught the ball thanks to my height and the height of the step I was on compared to everyone else. My second homerun of the season was another clean catch, this time of a ball hit by an Oriole. One of the six people I caught the ball over was Rick Gold, the one who stole a homer away from me just a month ago. You can read more about it here.

On the last game of the season I got Adam Jones to sign the ball. Here is how our conversation went:

Me: Can you write homerun #49 on there for me?
Jonesy: This isn’t a homerun!
Me: Yes it is!
Jonesy: You caught it!? Good job! Whats the date on it?
Me: UHHHHHHHHH Dammit! I don’t know!
Jonesy: You gotta know! Let’s see who were we playing?
Me: Blue Jays
Jonesy: Oh yeah, hit it off of Jannsen. I don’t know the date either. Here you go.

This ball may be the most treasured one I have. Thanks Adam!

And from a later blog post detailing my game used collection:

This game home run was the second one that I have ever caught. The first one, a home run by Oakland Athletic Adam Rosales, I sold to a fan who approached me, saying he went to school with Rosales.

The best part about this ball is the fact that I was able to get Jones to autograph it and inscribe “Home Run #49.”

Finally, the video:




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