The Dodgers didn’t end the 2022 season on top, but that doesn’t mean all is lost, as it was just two seasons ago that the Dodgers won the World Series. The final pitch thrown by Julio Urias ended with a triumphant shout to heaven from Urias and Austin Barnes on the receiving end of the field.
Barnes, being the smart man that he is, keeps the ball and places it forever in Dodger immortality. Since Barnes caught the ball, he kept it for some time.
Well, surely some time passed and for a long time, the Dodgers organization didn’t get the ball back. It wasn’t until recent fans discovered the extent of why the organization never got the ball back (via doug mckain).
“I had the ball for a while. The Dodgers were calling. I knew they were asking for the ball, so I didn’t answer the phone for a couple of months. I had it at my house and they started to get pretty upset, so I gave them back to Dodgers. I think he’s somewhere around here at an exhibition or something.”
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The moment will remain in the hearts of Dodger fans until the end of time, as the Dodgers’ victory came during such an important time in history, COVID-19.
This just furthers the notion of how great of a moment it really was with Barnes right in the middle of it all.
Thankfully, the ball has finally returned to where it belongs and it’s something fans and players alike will have the chance to see for many years to come.