St. Peters Family is about to catch Pujol’s 700th home run baseball

Albert Pujols recently reached a height matched by only three others in Major League Baseball history when the number 700 home run flew into the seats at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.

St. Peter native Julie Deters and her family were there to see it all. They were in left field section 305. Home run number 700 landed just yards in front of them.

“I mean, it went so fast,” Julie said. “I’m like, oh my god, it’s going to hit me in the head. My husband jumped on their bench seats there at Dodger Stadium. As soon as he found out it was headed straight for us, he actually got pushed off the bench, and by that point it was over. We could actually hear the W of the ball coming.

The fan who caught Albert’s 700th home run left Dodger Stadium with the baseball after Major League Baseball officials authenticated him. Julie admits it would have taken a lot of persuasion to hand the ball back to her too.

“We’re big Cardinal fans,” Julie said. “Hopefully we would have met Albert.”
“Grabbing that ball was a life-changing event,” Julie continued. “Of course we would love to have it.

But as cool as it would have been to snag historic baseball, being a witness to history was even better.

“It was the best day ever,” said Julie. “It was, it was incredible. We are so lucky to have traveled and seen it in person and just been there. Even my 22-year-old daughter, who’s not really a big athlete, she’s the best vacation I’ve ever had.” St. Peters Family is about to catch Pujol’s 700th home run baseball

Sarah Y. Kim

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