David Freese's walkoff homerun last night cracked off the bat but seemed to fly in slow motion until it landed in the grassy knoll in Center Field.
The ball landed and then stopped dead. Amazing. Even more amazing was the fan who managed to get over the bleacher fence and see the ball drop right at his feet. Want to know more about that fan? What a great story.
He's a radiologist in Maryville Illinois, just on Collinsville's north border. He fell on that ball like a soccer goalie covering a shot on goal. Then, he shoved that ball down his pants so no one would know he had it and pummel him.
But St. Louis fans don't normally pummel. Thankfully.
He was asked by a stadium security guard if he would consider giving up the ball to either Freese or the Hall of Fame and he agreed right on the spot. Now the story gets even better.
"Maybe if I had been wanting for money, it'd be different," Huyette said. "But I make a good living. I wasn't going to hold the country hostage for the ball.
"I told them I didn't need any money, but it'd be nice to meet some of the players."
He declined to hold out for money, all he wanted was a signed bat from Freese and a ball signed by the whole team. He got that and the chance to go with his buddy into the Clubhouse while the team was celebrating.
St. Louis Cardinal fans. So awesome.