Feel Good - Baseball story of the weekA young New York Yankees fan was overcome with emotion Tuesday when a generous Toronto Blue Jays fan, Mike Lanzillotta, caught a home run ball and passed the ball over to the young boy. Story here.
The Yankees’ Aaron Judge slugged the home run at the top of the sixth inning, tying up the game. Judge sent the ball soaring into the second deck at Rogers Centre.
Then, at the next day game, Derek Rodriguez walked down the steps with tears of joy to field level after a clip of the nine-year-old being handed an Aaron Judge home run ball went viral. The youngster, sporting a Yankees hat, face mask and Judge T-shirt with No. 99 on the back, watched pre-game batting practice before meeting his hero in the New York dugout. "I asked him who his favourite player was and he turned around and showed me his little jersey," Judge said.
Yankees spokesperson said the Rodriguez family and Lanzillotta have been invited to bring a group of nine people each to New York later this season to watch a Yankees game from The Judge’s Chambers seats in right field.
Lanzillotta wasn't left out of the celebration. He received a George Springer jersey from the Blue Jays for his part in the memorable moment.