Same lucky fan catches both of Chris Carter’s home runs!
What are the odds of coming to your first baseball game at a new ballpark and catching a home run ball? Not too good, right? What about catching two home run balls? Even more unlikely. What about two home run balls hit BY THE SAME BATTER IN THE SAME GAME? Astronomical, right?
Meet Tim Pinkard of Springfield, VA.
Pinkard is visiting his in-laws in the Houston area and came to Tuesday night’s Astros-Twins game, his first ever at Minute Maid Park. The Astros beat the Twins, 10-4, thanks in large part to Chris Carter’s two home runs — a two-run bomb in the third to give the Astros a 3-1 lead and a three-run shot in the 5th to break the game open. Pinkard caught not one but two home run balls off Carter’s bat, both shots to the left field Crawford Boxes. By the way, Chris Carter now has 28 home runs this season and 6 multi-homer games. That ties an Astros franchise record (Lance Berkman, 2006).
“I’m visiting my in-laws in Conroe and wanted to come to a game at Minute Maid Park,” Pinkard said, wearing his Astros shirt and hat. “The first one bounced off the Lexus sign to me. The second one came to me in my seat.”
Check out Carter’s first bomb in the third inning, which bounced off the Lexus Community Leaders sign and into Pinkard’s hands in the front row:
Here’s his second shot, which barely cleared the left field wall and once again found Pinkard:
What are the chances? We have to say they are astronomical. We think Pinkard should come to more Astros games. And also go and play the lottery.
UPDATED: We invited Tim and his family to the game today (Wednesday), Tim’s wife Elyssa and daughters Tatum, 5, and Brooke, 4 joined Tim on the field before the game. Everybody had a blast.
As a bonus, Tim and his family had a chance to meet Chris Carter.
Carter autographed both of the baseballs he hit to the Crawford Boxes on Tuesday night.
Isn’t baseball just the best?