Longtime fan follows home run protocol

Longtime Texas fan follows home run protocol

Longtime fan follows home run protocol
It was the seventh inning during Tuesday night's game at Rangers Ballpark when Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos hit a two-run home run to give his club a 13-1 lead.

But this was no ordinary home run.

The ball landed deep in the stands behind the left-field wall, scooted past a few young fans and bounced right into the hands of longtime Rangers fan Nola Pearman. Pearman raised the ball in triumph, having just accomplished what every fan in every ballpark strives for: to go home with a home run ball.

She was overjoyed.

Until her daughter Patty told her to throw the ball back on the field because it was hit by an Angels player, and not by one of the Rangers they'd come to root for. Pearman's face said it all. She was shocked. Return a home run ball?



But that's exactly what Pearman did.


Pearman's heave landed in the front row, just short of the field, but a fellow Rangers fan picked up the ball and tossed it on the field to complete the fan-to-fan relay.

Pearman was later named the Progressive Fan of the Game and interviewed on television by Fox Sports Southwest.

"I threw it back but I couldn't quite get it there," said Pearman, who is from Waxahachie, Texas.

Pearman did not walk away empty-handed. The Rangers rewarded her with, among other things, an official Major League Baseball from the "good guys," her beloved Texas Rangers.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.