WATCH: Baseball Fan Catches Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez’s Historic 3000th Hit; And Returns It For A Noble Cause

Published 04/24/2022, 10:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK – JULY 21: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees swings at the pitch against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on July 21, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Devil Rays 7-3 in game one of their doubleheader. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez is one of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball. Despite his countless controversies, no one can deny that he was one of the finest hitters of the ball. Over his 20 years of MLB career, A-Rod has various records to his name.

A-Rod has played for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees. He has spent more than half of his professional years at the Yankees. While playing for the Pinstripes, A-Rod established himself as a veteran of the game.

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Recently, the Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera smashed his own 3000th hit in MLB. But A-Rod has already done it in the 2015 season. Many people might not know it, but when A-Rod got his 3000th hit in 2015, something bizarre happened in the game. The ball that A-Rod hit, one fan in the stand collected it and what happened later will be a surprise to many.

Did Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez get his hands on the 3000th hit ball?

Well, A-Rod did manage to get his record 3000th hit in Major League Baseball, but he did not get his hands on that hit ball so easily. Notably, he became one of the very few MLB players to claim their 3000th hit with a home run. When he hit the ball, it landed straight in the hands of a notable baseball fan. 

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NEW YORK – AUGUST 9: Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees stands on the field during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on August 9, 2004 in the Bronx, New York. The won Blue Jays won 5-4. (Photo by M. David Leeds/Getty Images)

According to Inside Edition, the man who grabbed the baseball was a professional catcher. He even has written a book on it. His name is Zack Hample. And he has grabbed over 8,000 baseballs in live games. 

Hample returned the ball to Alex in a grand press conference after the Yankees assured to donate $150,000 to a charity called Pitch In for Baseball. The charity works to spread baseball resources in deprived areas of the United States and abroad. Alex’s 3000th hit moment became even more memorable after this incident.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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