Mookie trades fan his signed bat for Reds rookie's 1st career HR ball
Cincinnati Reds rookie TJ Friedl launched a home run off Dodgers reliever Tony Gonsolin for his first big-league hit during the sixth inning of Sunday's game at Great American Ball Park. The hit came during Friedl's second career plate appearance.
The blast trimmed the Dodgers' lead to 6-2, but there was another pressing concern for Betts: Getting Friedl his memento.
While the rookie rounded the bases, Betts quickly orchestrated a trade with the fan who caught the home run ball, making sure it went back to the Reds' dugout. For his troubles, the fan received a signed bat from the 2018 MVP.
Friedl was incredibly appreciative of the gesture and tried to meet Betts postgame to thank him in person, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Sometimes, a day at the ballpark produces pure magic.
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