A man barreled over his son trying to catch Kyle Seager’s historic grand slam ball at Wednesday’s Mariners game.
“He was crying because he was got hurt, he fell down the steps,” said Zac Wilch, who was at the game with his little league team.
Wilch caught the whole thing. He picked up the ball and handed it to the boy.
“It felt like the right thing to do,” said Wilch.
“Last night’s home run ball tied the ball game in extra inning. It would have been worth more if they won that ball game,” said Beau Sadick, owner of the “2nd Base” sports store.
Sadick says balls caught in games are rarely worth money.
“The value is in the story, the value is you were with your family, you were all together with your buddies,” said Sadick.
Mark King, coach of Wilch’s little league team, isn’t surprised by his player’s kind gesture.
“We have a good group of kids here, with a good set of values,” he said.
“People tear up a $250 dollar shirt to go after a $12.99 baseball,” said Sadick.
While baseball brings out the kids at heart, Sadick said it is important to act like a grown up, because sometimes kids like Wilch do.
“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Wilch.
Wilch and his teammates initially wanted to keep the historic ball and give it to Kyle Seager. But they think he would want the boy to have it too.