Bryce Harper hits 40th home run, fan who catches it trades him for signed baseball
Bryce Harper hit his 40th home run of the season during the Nationals' 12-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday. He's the seventh player to reach the mark in his age-22 season -- joining Alex Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Johnny Bench, Eddie Mathews (twice), Joe DiMaggio and Mel Ott.
That's some good company.
A Phillies fan caught the ball and smartly traded the milestone souvenir for another baseball ... that Bryce Harper signed:
MLB.com's Bill Ladson asked Harper about the moment postgame:
On Phillies fans:
It's still early, but we're guessing that piece of memorabilia might be worth a small bit of change someday. Whatever you do, just DO NOT play a game of sandlot baseball with it. You never know what could happen ...