Astros Fan Gets Big Reward for Catching J.J. Matijevic's First Home Run Ball

Astros Fan Gets Big Reward for Catching J.J. Matijevic's First Home Run Ball


Top Houston Astros prospect J.J. Matijevic made his MLB debut earlier this season, but he was still chasing his elusive first career hit after making five appearances. That all changed in a big way on Sunday, when Matijevic blasted an opposite-field home run in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox.

Sending his first career hit into the bleachers, though, meant that ball could be as good as gone. Thankfully, the organization offered a handsome reward to the young fan that ended up with the special memento.

ESPN revealed on its broadcast of the game that 16-year-old Ryland Freeman received six tickets to a future game, six batting practice access tickets, a signed ball by Jose Altuve, and an autographed Justin Verlander jersey.

Having Matijevic's first career hit ball would be the highlight of any Astro fan's collection, but Freeland made out well in this trade. It turns out the Corpus Christi native is a huge Verlander fan, so getting an inscribed jersey from his idol is a nice consolation.

This is one of those special moments only baseball can produce. Both sides ended up happy, and both will have something very personal to remember this day.

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