Fan catches Chris Coghlan’s first home run. Fan receives arm, demands leg.

SPORTSbyBROOKS has a great piece up about Nick Yohanek and his adventures with the Florida Marlins’ Chris Coghlan. Apparently, there’s a great start-up business here: Selling home run balls back to the guys who hit them out. After Coghlan hit his first in the majors, he was approached by Yohanek (who had caught the ball) after the game. Upon giving the fan a signed game bat and photo-op, Coghlan was surprised to learn that that just wouldn’t be enough to get Yohanek to fork over his ball (the identity of the preceding pronoun is anybody’s guess). Let’s hear from Yohanek and Brooks now:

Yohanek, not surprisingly, has a different view of things. We’re a little more suspicious of his version of the facts, mainly because he’s got far more reason to lie and even in his quotes, he comes off as an unholy prick:

“I explained that ballhawking is my hobby and that what I was asking in return was fair,” Yohanek said Thursday, in an e-mail to the Associated Press. “I told him I make $50,000 a year working in law enforcement and that I didn’t feel like I was asking for too much. He responded, ‘Good for you.’ Real classy. Way to respect law enforcement. Way to respect a fan.”

Yes, exactly. Clearly his tone was indicative of a disrespect for law enforcement and fans, and in no way affected by annoyance when a grown man makes demands for what should be a treasured keepsake. Real classy, Yohanek.

I can’t help but agree with my esteemed colleague on this one. While it is true that modern athletes make an exorbitant amount of money, it’s simply a matter of capitalism: if someone’s willing to pay that amount, then make them pay it, right? Supply and demand and such…Wait a sec, I may have just agreed with Yohanek here.

Oh no wait, I remember. My comparison is valid in that both pro athletes and Yohanek are expecting too much money. I’m not about to write a diatribe about salaries, that’s old hat. How about we discuss this idea of forcing guys with money to pay for things that anybody else would be expected to just receive?

It’s hard to bring myself to say it, but I gotta side with the rich on this one. Just because you found Bill Gates’ baby doesn’t mean he should have to give you a third of his income, or the secret Windows he keeps for himself. Technically, he shouldn’t have to give you a thing. It’s up to him to decide the reward.

Returning memorable things isn’t a business like sports. Rather than asking for a series of barters or a monetary amount akin to a ransom, Yohanek needs to cough up what he caught and be happy in the knowledge that despite his being a jerk, he is irrevocably linked to a moment in baseball history.

P.S. You’ll notice I haven’t said anything disparaging about the fine boys in blue. Considering I live in Los Angeles, I thought it a wise decision.

Follow the Scores Report editors on Twitter @clevelandteams and @bullzeyedotcom.

Related Posts

5 responses to “Fan catches Chris Coghlan’s first home run. Fan receives arm, demands leg.”

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>