CHICAGO -- Mike Pullin of Rochelle came to Wrigley Field on Monday night because he wanted to see Javier Baez play, and the 65-year-old retiree may have made the catch of the season.
Pullin, who brought his glove, caught the ball and avoided falling over the railing. He followed Wrigley tradition and threw a ball back onto the field, but it wasn't the game ball. Instead he threw a ball that he had brought, one that his dog liked to play with.
"I saw the ball coming, and it's a pretty easy catch for me," said Pullin, who played softball for 31 years, starring at first base and in left field.
He had watched a replay of his catch on his phone.
"It looks good on TV," he said. "It's a good time, and a good reaction from the crowd."
Pullin likes sitting in the last row of the bleachers for the back support, and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less