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Why Did the Guy Who Got $750K for Catching Barry Bonds' Home Run Ball Give Half to His Friend?

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17.04.2019

Back in 2007 Barry Bonds was chasing the single season home run record previously set by Mark McGuire. On August 7, Bonds broke that record by launching a fifth inning pitch into the right field stands for home run number 756.

Matt Murphy, 21, caught that ball.

It turns out that Murphy was only at the game on a whim. He and his friend, Amir, were on their way to Australia for a vacation and both decided to catch a Giants game while in San Francisco. Obviously, he caught a lot more than that.

Not that it was easy. The ball landed about 30 feet to his right and six rows behind him, bounced, glanced off another fan's hands and hit the pavement. Murphy dove head-first into a pile of other fortune-seekers, risking life and limb to grab it. "Everyone landed on my leg," Murphy told Time Magazine. "So that pressure hurt the most.........

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