04/05/2003 12:36 AM ET
Fan catches ball, then some sleep
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The young man who came up with Sammy Sosa's 500th home run ball wants to sleep on his good fortune for one night before deciding what to do with the ball.
An unidentified 22-year-old came up with the ball that was authenticated by Major League Baseball.
"The young man is going to sleep on it tonight," said Rob Butcher, Reds Director of Media Relations. "He feels it's too big a decision to make in such a short span."
Butcher said the man was not from the Cincinnati area or Chicago.
Major League Baseball officials also sought other items for authentication, such as the visiting clubhouse scorecard. Some of the items will be sent to the Hall of Fame.
Sosa is not concerned with the fate of the ball.
"What matters to me is I got 500," Sosa said. "Really you know he's got the ball, whatever he wants to do with the ball, God bless."
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.