Omaha resident Dominique Hawkins caught the ball that Jackie Bradley, Jr., threw into the stands after catching the final out of this year’s College World Series that gave South Carolina its second consecutive national title. Now, Bradley, Jr., South Carolina and the NCAA want that ball back.
In an interview with a local television station in Omaha, Hawkins said he has not intentions of returning the baseball.
“Nah, bruh, can’t do that,” he said. “I want to keep it. Jackie Bradley is going to be famous anyway. You’re going to the MLB. Let me have a little prize piece. They really want this ball, but ain’t nobody getting it.”
And to be honest, I don’t think he should give it back.
It’s not his fault Bradley, Jr., wasn’t smart and threw away a piece of South Carolina history. And now, if the NCAA, Gamecocks or Bradley, Jr., wants the ball back, they should have to pay for it.
If I’m the one that caught it, bidding starts at $100,000. Maybe more.
Should he give it back for the exchange of a few bats or autographs? Heck, no!
Should he give it back because “it’s the right thing to do”? Heck, no!
Keep it or sell it, doesn’t matter. But don’t give it up for nothing or a cheap baseball jersey.