Matt Carson would be considered by many to be a career minor leaguer, especially at 28 years of age. Well, he finally got his first taste of the big leagues, as well as just how selfish and greedy some fans can be. He appeared in five games for the A's so far and he's hit .444 with a homer and three RBI.
The home run came on Sept. 21 in a rout by the Texas Rangers. That home run, of course, was the first of his Major League career. So, when the A's representative went to get the ball from the fan who caught the ball, they refused to give it back.
Usually, when a player hits a milestone like first career home run, a fan may ask for a bat or an autograph from the team. But not this fan. This fan wanted money. In order for Carson to get his first home run ball, he would need to shell out $10,000 for the baseball.
Now, for a player making the minimum salary of $400,000 that amount of $10,000 may not be that much, but for a minor leaguer, that's a lot of money to spend on a baseball.
Carson was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Kind of a bummer. They authenticated the bat I used, though, so I'll do something with that. It would have been nice to have the ball, and I would have been happy to give him a bat and signed it. That's ok. I have a souvenir, I'm happy."
You've got to applaud Carson's attitude toward the whole situation, because if I were him, I would be seething. You work so hard to get to the major leagues after a long tenure in the minors and to have something like this happen is disconcerting, to say the least.
You just got to hope that the person who caught the baseball changes their mind and does the right thing. As Carson mentioned in his quote, he would be happy to sign a bat for the fan who caught the ball. The A's themselves, as an organization, were not willing to pay for the ball either, so Carson for now doesn't have the first home run ball in the majors.
Although, it's not surprising that the A's organization would pay $10,00 for a ball. What's even sadder, though, is the fact that the home run was hit in Oakland.
So, it's a fan of the A's that isn't willing to give the ball to Carson, which is just pathetic! I hope that someday soon that the person who caught the ball wakes up and does the right thing and gives the ball to Carson.