Baseball Glove

May 9, 1994

This tale has been told a time or two in Red Sox history.

They went down to the Bronx for a weekend series against The Empire. They hit town with a 20-7 record, ready to show the world that they could beat the good teams as well as the weaklings. 

In their first 27 games of the season, 16 of their wins were against sub-.500 opponents.

When they left New York, they were 20-10, still in first place in the American League East, but having received a bruising reality check.

The third game of the Yankees’ sweep, an 8-4 decision that featured four home runs from each team.

One of those home runs was by RIch Rowland, who spent nearly all of his professional baseball career in the minor leagues. It was his first of nine big-league homers, which certainly would be a priceless keepsake.

Alas, the fan who retrieved the ball had a price in mind when a Red Sox PR person tried to retrieve it. The fan asked for $5,000.

Rowland had to settle for the memory of swatting a homer at the Big Ballpark in the Bronx.