"It happened so fast," Huyette said, "it was almost hard to remember."
Afterwards, Huyette gave the ball to Freese, exchanging it for an autographed bat, a team-signed ball and a picture with the World Series hero.
"It's an honorable thing to do, and it's a part of history," Huyette said. "I'm not looking to create any kind of a bidding war. I'm not in such need of the money where I want to do it."
This was one valuable piece of memorabilia Huyette was temporarily holding, though.
Freese's was just the fifth walk-off homer in a World Series Game 6 or later, and it was the capper to what was one of the greatest games in baseball history. Freese had tied it at 7 with a two-out, two-strike, two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth. Then, leading off against Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 11th, he hit a 3-2 changeup out of the park.
"I saw the usher trying to keep everybody off the grass," Freese said. "But that obviously didn't work."
Huyette was the first one to step over the railing and go into the grass, and barely two bounces after the ball landed, he had already corralled it, tumbled to the ground and held on for dear life.
To Huyette's surprise, there was no roughhousing in the center-field pile.
"One person patted me on the back and said, 'Don't sell it to anybody,'" said Huyette, who was attending his first World Series game with his friend, Cubs fan Jeremy Reiland.
"I think I tumbled into the grass, I saw the ball go right in front of me and nobody was even around it. So, I took my chances and plopped it into my [pocket]."