ST. LOUIS — Cardinals fan Riley Kegley, 15, is now the blissful proprietor of Albert Pujols’ 681st dwelling run ball.
The Kegley household, from Rockford, Illinois, has three younger boys. All of them opened Cardinals tickets of their Easter baskets Sunday morning for the sport at American Household Discipline in Milwaukee.
Riley’s father, Justin Kegley, stated he and his spouse purchased the tickets final minute on Saturday. They couldn’t attend their household’s Easter celebration out of city because of their son’s baseball sport on Saturday. To make up for it, they determined to shock their youngsters with tickets to Sunday’s Cardinals sport.
“We opened our Easter baskets and bought the information that we had been going to Milwaukee for the sport. Then we went to church, left from church, threw on our Cardinals gear, and went,” stated Riley.
The household went to the sport and moved from their seats within the 200s to the left-field stands within the third innings.
“We determined to maneuver out to the left-field stands within the third inning as a result of there have been a number of right-handed hitters. So, if there was going to be a house run ball, it was going to be in that space,” Riley stated.
This time that plan labored out precisely how they needed it to. When Pujols bought as much as bat, it soared to the Kegleys.
“I simply began working that manner, needed to leap a few bleacher seats, nevertheless it was a detailed race between three of us. There was just a little contact initiated by me, however you recognize, no mercy. You simply bought to get the ball,” Riley stated.
“It was a superb little scramble,” Justin stated. “Riley was on the market battling some grown males making an attempt to get the ball and got here out victorious.”
The ball Riley snagged tied the sport and put three runs on the board for the Cardinals. Sadly, it wasn’t a W for the redbirds, nevertheless it’s a day the Kegleys will always remember.
Riley stated he hasn’t let go of the ball since, aside from one second.
“It didn’t depart my facet on the automotive journey dwelling,” Riley stated. “My mother tried to carry it, and I used to be not giving it up till I needed to go to the restroom.”
He stated he even tucked the ball into mattress with him Sunday evening.
American Household Discipline in Milwaukee can also be the identical stadium Riley bought his first sport ball again in 2014 whereas absolutely decked out in Cardinals gear.
Their household’s love for the Cardinals runs deep, and it’s even transformed Riley’s mother right into a Cardinals fan. She was as soon as a Cubs fan, however we don’t have to speak about that.
Justin stated when Riley was born in July 2006, his spouse stated if the Cardinals make it to the World Collection, then their son Riley may very well be a Cardinals fan. Effectively, they didn’t simply make it, however that’s additionally the 12 months they gained all of it.
“They ended up profitable the World Collection, and it was unbelievable, and he’s been a Cardinals fan ever since,” Justin stated.
Riley stated his first-ever reminiscence goes to a Cardinals sport at Busch Stadium at a younger age. Now, superfan Riley has a message for Albert.
“Hey, Albert. For those who may, I’d actually like that signed. It could make my 12 months,” Riley stated.
As Pujols races to the 700 mark, the Kegleys stated they may should be within the stands, and it’s attainable many followers will need to stand by them, hoping their luck continues.