The Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988 this past week, and fans could not be more excited. As Julio Urias punched out the final Rays batter, his catcher Austin Barnes ran to the mound to embrace him while the rest of the team came in to join the dogpile.
That led a lot of Dodgers fans to wonder what happened with the ball from the final out. Luckily, Austin Barnes made an appearance with the Petros and Money show on am570 to talk about that final moment, and what he did to protect the historic ball.
I just wanted to keep it safe obviously. Things get pretty wild in those little dogpiles. I just put it in my pocket and it’s definitely safe though, it’s for sure a piece of history. I’m from Riverside obviously, as everybody knows. And I know how much the Dodgers mean to Southern California. People have been waiting a long, long time for this and I’m happy that we finally gave it to them.
Barnes can be seen immediately shoving the ball into his pocket on the final out, something that we see often in the World Series. The fact that players are conscious enough to know how important that ball is in the heat of the moment is incredible. But the ball that ended the Dodgers 32 year championship drought is pretty special.
The funny thing is that Barnes never really addresses where the ball is. Does he get to keep the ball since he held onto it for the final out? Or does it go straight to Cooperstown? We’ll have to wait and find out on that one.
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