The guy who wrote the book on snagging home run balls says he isn't planning to give up Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit ball.
Zack Hample, a New York fan who wrote a book on how to catch baseballs at major league games, told Newsday he will not give the New York Yankees the ball from Rodriguez's milestone hit.
Rodriguez achieved the feat on a first-inning home run off Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander in a 7-2 Yankees win Friday.
"Got it authenticated by MLB," Hample wrote. "This is un-REAL."
Hample has caught more than 8,000 game and practice balls from MLB stadiums, the New York Times reported.
Rodriguez, 39, became the 29th player in baseball history to join the 3,000-hit club, but his milestone is marked with controversy due to his 2009 admission to using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career.