(CBS) — The home run that initially turned the tide for the Chicago Cubs on Monday night in enemy territory landed safely in the mitt of Ed Baum, who originally hails from the Chicago region.
In the second inning, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta blasted a three-run homer off none other than Giants ace and postseason legend Madison Bumgarner, who was supposed to single-handedly stall Chicago’s sweep of the NLDS. Instead, Arrieta proved the more dominant pitcher and got a clutch hit to boot. The Cubs opened a 3-0 lead on the Giants early in Game 3 but couldn’t hold on, falling 6-5 in 13 innings. Chicago leads the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Tuesday.
Baum says the Arrieta rocket was no problem to catch.
“I’m an experienced bleacher bum,” he told CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov at AT&T Park. “It was easy to catch. I caught it more like a first baseman than an outfielder, because it was a line drive.”
He says he handed the ball over to a representative from the visitors’ clubhouse, so that the souvenir would get back to Arrieta.
“The experience was catching the ball,” Baum says. “Of course the ball should be back with Jake.”
The lifelong Cubs fan is originally from Evanston. His family moved to San Francisco when he was 7, Baum says, but he never lost his allegiance to the North Siders and has fond memories of Wrigley Field.