Fan who kept Pujols' milestone ball changes mind

Apparently the fan who said he was going to keep Albert Pujols' 2,000 RBI has had a change of heart.

The Tigers told the Detroit News that they don't agree with the characterization that Hydes was pressured, but Hydes obviously felt like he was. "All I ever wanted to do was to sleep on it".

It may seem petty that a player would complain about not getting a ball back for a historical moment, but it's common for fans to give balls and other items back and receive something in return from players.

As you have likely heard by now, after catching the ball, Hydes was approached by the Tigers' security staff, who was making him offers to get the ball back.

And while Pujols' 2,000th RBI might not be a seminal moment in Major League Baseball history, it is one which could fetch a pretty penny on the market.

As for Pujols, he reiterated his position on Thursday that he was OK with the fan keeping the ball.

"I told the guys, 'Just leave it". The Detroit News spoke to several friends of Hydes' who were with him at the game, and they revealed how the negotiations went down.

"The guy is having a hard time giving it back, but he can keep it, I guess", Pujols said in a postgame interview with FOX Sports West. I don't fight about it.

Hydes told the newspaper that he doesn't want any money for the ball, which can't be authenticated by Major League Baseball, and that he made his initial decision because of pressure from the Tigers' staff to hand it over. "I just hope he can enjoy it".

After learning of Hydes' decision on Friday, Pujols doubled down. According to the Detroit News, Hydes planned to give it to his brother, who is a fan of Pujols' first team, the St. Louis Cardinals, or save it for his child, who is due to be born in the coming weeks.