Air Force enlisted man, Bonds fan catches No. 713
PHILADELPHIA -- It figures that someone who works with flying objects would catch Barry Bonds' 713th home run.
Airman 1st Class Carlos Oliveras, 25, was sitting in Section 202, Row 7, Seat 24 in the right field upper deck of Citizens Bank Park when the Giants slugger connected on a 2-1 sinker from Phillies pitcher Jon Lieber in the sixth inning.
"I never thought I was going to be lucky like that," Oliveras said.
Oliveras, a native of Puerto Rico stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in Fort Dix, N.J., caught the ball when it bounced off the McDonalds sign just below the upper deck. In order to hang onto it, he hid it between his legs.
"Everybody was looking on the floor," Oliveras said. "The ball bounced to me. I grabbed the ball and I stuck it between my legs. Everyone was still looking around."
Oliveras said no one immediately tried to snag the ball because he had it hidden. When the media and Phillies security discovered he caught the ball, other Phillies fans, many who spent the series jeering Bonds, started yelling for him to throw the ball back.
"It made me nervous," he said.
Bonds said no when he was asked at his news conference if he would sign the ball if a fan wanted an autograph. Moments later, when an official asked if there were any more questions, Oliveras piped up:
"Will you sign my ball?"
Bonds smirked and said nothing.
After his news conference, Bonds shook Oliveras' hand and took a picture with him.
"I'm happy because I got a picture and he shook my hand," he said.
There was one signature needed though. Oliveras had to sign a waiver for Bonds' reality show.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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