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Cleveland — When 11-year-old Dominic got to Progressive Field on Tuesday afternoon, he thought it would just be a normal Indians game.

But after a chance encounter with Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, it turned out to be so much more.

Dominic, seated near the first-base line, was looking to get a foul ball from Cabrera, one of his favorite players.

"I've got your back, Miggy," Dominic yelled.

In the fifth inning, Cabrera acknowledged Dominic with a gesture. When a foul ball came down the first-base line toward the stands, Dominic leaned over and snagged the sharp foul ball with his hat, garnering a smile from Cabrera.

Between innings, Cabrera emerged from the dugout with gifts for Dominic — a set of batting gloves and a bat.

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"It's amazing. To have one of the greatest hitters almost ever … it's just amazing," said Dominic, who attended the game with a family friend, Jim Reddy, and Reddy's son, John. "It's something that I'll always remember and Miggy's one of my favorite players right now."

Dominic, wearing an Indians hat for his youth-league team, was an instant star on Twitter.

But even getting the gifts from Cabrera, Dominic had to start thinking about his next task: what to do with his newfound haul.

"I'm going to guard it with my life first — I have to get out of here first without getting it stolen," he joked. "I'm going to put it in my room and cherish it forever."

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