St. Louis – Miguel Cabrera wasn't all that concerned about retrieving the baseball he hit onto the berm in center field Friday night.
It was the 399th home run of his career and it tied him with his idol, Andres Galarraga, for the most homers hit by a Venezuelan-born player. The ball he wants is No. 400.
But his countryman, first base coach Omar Vizquel, knew how important No. 399 was – if not to Cabrera, for sure to the people of Venezuela. So he dispatched center fielder Anthony Gose to get the ball back from the young fan who retrieved it.
"I don't know if he knew what it meant," Gose said of the fan, who did not resist the trade or barter for more. "I just gave him a ball and his dad just gave me the other one."
The ball that was used for the trade, though, was autographed by Cabrera.
It was a win-win for both parties.
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