Frankie Babilonia, the 23-year-old Yankee Stadium security guard who retrieved A-Rod’s 600th home run, apparently never gave a second thought to what he’d do with the ball.
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Babilonia, who is single and lives on the Lower East Side, is about to become an instant celebrity.
In an ironic twist: Babilonia was pinch-hitting for another guard who was on a break when the historic ball came his way, Jack Curry of the YES Network reported from Yankee Stadium. It landed in the netting above Monument Park, nearly 420 feet from home plate, making Alex Rodriguez the seventh player in Major League Baseball history to reach the milestone.
“His colleagues asked, ‘Did you ever think of running off with the ball?’ He said, ‘Absolutely not‘,” Curry said. “I knew what my instructions were.’
“He said he gave it to one of his supervisors.”
Unconfirmed rumors have swirled of what Babilonia will receive in return — including dinner with A-Rod and Cameron Diaz. But Curry said he was just glad to be part of baseball history.
“You could tell it was a big moment for him,” Curry reported. “He said it’s one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to him.”