“That’s just crazy,” Cincinnati Reds fan Caleb Lloyd said Monday night after he ended up snagging two home runs balls — from consecutive batters — during the Reds’ 4-1 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves.
MLB.com has video of the highly unlikely events. It was the fourth inning, and the first ball to come toward Lloyd, sitting just above the wall in left-center field, was hit by the Reds’ Mike Leake. It was the pitcher’s first-ever home run.
Lloyd, a 20-year-old college student, caught the ball barehanded. “It hurt really bad,” he said with a smile after the game.
The next batter up, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, launched another ball Lloyd’s way. That one landed behind Lloyd and then bounced into his lap.
And that, as Lloyd said later, was just crazy.
Lloyd, who says he’d never caught a ball before at a game, gave the first ball to Leake. He wanted the pitcher to have it since it was Leake’s first homer. Lloyd gave the second ball to the friend he went to the game with, since the buddy’s uncle had gotten them the tickets.
Now, he says, he’s hoping for a call from one of the late night comedy shows. Dave? Jay? Conan? Anbody interested?