Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s first homer turns out to be a nice gesture
Francisco Lindor came to bat against Buck Farmer in the fifth inning in a close 3-0 ballgame. Out in section 103 sat a young man by the name of Kyle Armbrecht, hailing from Streetsboro High School. Little did the two know that by the second pitch into the at-bat, they would be forever connected.
Lindor took a hack at Farmer’s 1-0 fastball and deposited his first Major League home run into the stands. In a day where milestone baseballs are either being held for ransom, or held for moral publicity, Kyle had no thoughts about that. He graciously was willing to give the ball back to Lindor: “It’s (his ball), not mine,” he said.
Kyle didn’t catch the ball on the fly, but managed to corral it after the people in front of him whiffed on the catch.
“It just kind of hit the people in front of me then bounced off the chair and I got it,” he said. A humble statement from a humble kid who actually was there via free tickets: Kyle is a pretty good baseball player in his own right, and was able to come to the game because he won the tickets for being named his high school’s team MVP.
Armbrecht claims his favorite player is Corey Kluber, who was also gracious enough to give a signed ball; but maybe after a Lindor home run this favorite player may change.
-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado