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You get stats, he gets a ball

MLB.com deploys statisticians to every ballpark. Their job is to bring fans Gameday, which delivers instant pitch-by-pitch stats to your computer.

On Tuesday night at Petco Park, statistician Jim Marshall got himself a souvenir. It's the second time Marshall caught a foul ball. A few seasons ago, he caught one off the bat of future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.

"First thought was to protect the laptop," Marshall said Wednesday. "Then I was just trying to make a clean grab.

"I had to quickly check the excitement so as not to miss the next pitch and accurately score the rest of the inning. That was the hardest part!"

Now that's a guy who has his eye on the ball.