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Fan Drives Hard Bargain for Coghlan's First Home Run Ball


                MILWAUKEE -- Question to Chris Coghlan? What was harder, hitting your first home run or retrieving the ball?

                Answer: "Getting the ball back, for sure."

                Coghlan connected on his first major league home run on Wednesday at Miller Park. But trying to convince the fan who caught the ball to give it up proved a more difficult task.

                In return for the ball, said Marlins bullpen coach Steve Foster, who was the lead negotiator,"he wanted everything. He wanted bats and all kinds of stuff."

                Foster said he offered a couple of baseballs in a 2-for-1 swap, but the man refused, saying he also wanted a bat autographed by Hanley Ramirez.

                "I told him no," Foster said.

                The negotiations continued after the game, when the man was brought onto the field and waited for Coghlan outside the Marlins dugout. Coghlan was astonished by the man's demands.

                 Coghlan said the man demanded an autographed baseball by Coghlan, a personalized Coghlan bat, an autographed Ramirez bat and -- to top it all off -- tickets to the Yankees/Marlins series in South Florida in June. He also wanted his photograph taken with Coghlan, whose name the man mispronounced even though he pretended to be a fan by wearing a Marlins cap.

                 Coghlan said he finally managed to drive down the asking price to the photo, an autographed ball and one of his signed bats. But when Coghlan handed over the goods, "he wouldn't give me the ball."

                 Coghlan resorted to begging.

                 "I told him, 'It's my first one. I would really appreciate it,'" Coghlan said. "He didn't make it easy, that's for sure."

                The man finally coughed up the memento, but Coghlan was left with a sour taste from the experience.

                "If he had been more respectful about it, I would have given him anything he wanted," Coghlan said.                  .

                

                

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Robby

I can't believe that guy was like that. The guys on TV said it best when they called him a "trust fund baby!" I can't believe Minervini interviewed him and gave him exposure. Its a shame that Coghlan had to deal with that scum on his first homerun.

Steve

You're not going to find a lot of trust fund babies who are cops.

Cooper

That guy is a jerk. I say this as a Brewers fan. I am ashamed he is also a fan of the Brewers. Please don't judge all Brewers fans by this dolt. He pulled much the same stuff a few years back when Geoff Jenkins hit his 200th home run as a Brewer. He demanded all kinds of items signed by players other than Jenkins. I have other names for the guy, but I am not sure how much language is allowed here.

Happy Youngster = No Class

The movie Bad Boys.....Will Smith is a trust fund baby that is a cop. Either way, trust fund baby or not, this guy showed no class and no respect for the game. He deserves a 50-games suspension from attending baseball games.

Eric Slette

What a piece of crap. I hope his house burns down and all of his memorabilia goes up with it.

Corey

FYI, this guy is not a Brewers fan, he travels to parks around the country just to get home run balls

Gellman

Man, this POS and Zack Hample are weird, sad little men. I feel for Coghlan.

Happy Youngster = No Class

No, he's definitely a Brewers fan. And I quote from his website "I am a fanatic about Milwaukee Brewers baseball."

Happy Youngster supporter

I personally know the fan who caught this home run ball. He's actually a great guy and a HUGE fan of the game. He's not a trust fund baby. He's a police officer, has a wonderful family with two young kids, and lives in a very modest home in Wisconsin. Major League Baseball, meanwhile, is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, and on top of that, the players get all their equipment for free. For this fan to have requested a few bats and tickets and autographs in exchange for such an important ball is not obnoxious. What's obnoxious is how the Marlins tried to get the ball back for essentially nothing. It's called bargaining. They made an offer. He made a counter-offer. That's how life works. I would like to see the rookie ultimately get the ball, but the fact is, once it reaches the seats, it belongs to the fans. I applaud THIS fan for standing up to the selfish jerks who run Major League Baseball and for trying to get himself a few one-of-a-kind souvenirs in the process. And by the way, before you judge this guy, you should read his blog and see what he's all about. Just do a search for "happy youngster" and the word "blog" and it'll pop right up.

Mike

your a moron. probably a trust fund baby yourself

Lloyd in Green Bay

"Major League Baseball, meanwhile, is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, and on top of that, the players get all their equipment for free."

No they don't get their equipment for free. Maybe if you are a stud like Braun or Hanley, maybe if you get that in the contract, but a rookie, more than likely not.

"For this fan to have requested a few bats and tickets and autographs in exchange for such an important ball is not obnoxious."

Yankee Stadium tickets? that is asking much, you see what those ones go for?

"What's obnoxious is how the Marlins tried to get the ball back for essentially nothing. It's called bargaining. They made an offer. He made a counter-offer. That's how life works. I would like to see the rookie ultimately get the ball, but the fact is, once it reaches the seats, it belongs to the fans."

You are right, it is bargaining. But also take into account just about any Pro and a lot of college athletes put way more work that you and me ever will. Guy has to check himself.


"I applaud THIS fan for standing up to the selfish jerks who run Major League Baseball and for trying to get himself a few one-of-a-kind souvenirs in the process."

So called "fans" like the Happy Youngster are the reason a lot of major league players do act like jerks to fans. Youngster asked for Yankees/Marlins seats. Autographed Hanley and Coghlan bats and baeballs, plus the photo. Two baseball may be considered low by the Marlins, but Youngster's counteroff was ridiculus. If I had caught it me being selfish would be asking for the Jersey of the guy who hit it. But this guy has a history of this.

"And by the way, before you judge this guy, you should read his blog and see what he's all about. Just do a search for "happy youngster" and the word "blog" and it'll pop right up."

Its just a link to a fan mlb blog, wow! Been going to games for years. This "fan" is more about himself than anything else. Nice that ESPN and FSN finally showed his true colors to everyone. Maybe Youngster will finally get it.


Don't think all us Brewers fan are like Happy Youngster. Most of us are longsuffering diehards and also very nice and respectful people. Sorry one of our so called "fans" is a selfish greedy idiot

Joe

It'd be one thing if this "misunderstanding" was a one time thing. He's been known to do the same thing to Brewer players.

As a Brewer fan, I apologize to Coghlan for the crap he had to deal with.

Drew

Happy Youngster also likes to push other people out of the way to get his cherished HR balls. He should be banned from Miller Park....or at least banned from the bleachers. He gives all us brewer fans a bad name.

And he's not a real cop - he's one of those rent-a-cops you see late night at the mall. Paul Blart has more clout than this guy.

Dro

That guy is such a tool. I think he called himself a "professional ballhawk".....what an effin loser.

Jay

As a Brewers fan, I hope that guy takes the next ball into the stands off a sensitive area.

Ray

It is one thing to negotiate for items from the player that hit the ball, But to make that player beg a team mate for it is wrong, He did the same thing to Jeff Jenkins wanting a signed bat from Prince. This guy is a tool and he gives all Brewer's fans a bad name.

Happy_Youngster Sucks_My_Cock

Happy Youngster sucks. I wish he wasn't a Brewers fan. I like how he tries to play it off as I just asked nicely. This guy is a give me, give me, give me, give me type of person. He is only concerned with what he gets out of a deal. On his blog he brags about all the balls that he gets. He also brags that he gave two away to little kids. Maybe he should let other people get their souveniers as well. You know, maybe the 10 year old in the bleachers next to you would like that ball as a memory. Don't cut this guy any slack. Hammer him. To me, this guy is more worthless than Steve Bartman

Bob

...And how much does a baseball player make???

DAVE MYERS

GREEDY ASS HOLE

BrewCityBill

On behalf of all TRUE Brewers fans, I apologize! This guy's a serial a-hole who brings down good name of the hardworking people of Milwaukee. Our mamas raised us better than that. Peace.

happy youngster smells

happy youngster sniffs a-holes

pete

this guy sucks, i hope he dies

david

Well, I haven't seen any major league baseball players campaigning for cheaper tickets, beer, hotdogs, or parking for fans.....so what is the issue with a fan asking for a ransom in return for a homerun ball?

Is the man ever going to get a signed bat another way? I doubt it. Its been a while since I've seen a MLB player go out of his way for fans, so why should the reverse be true?

Blandman

Thome hit his 500th HR, a guy from Texas caught it and gave it back to Thome. Thome awarded him with season tickets to the White Sox, he declined and gave the money to charity. So Thome flew him and his friends to watch a Sox/Cubs game in a skybox. That is how to handle these situations.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070916&content_id=2212817&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Dick

First off Thome is a class act. The nicest guy in baseball. This guy should have given the fan his demands or the fan should have kept the ball. If you want the ball pay up. He gets paid a lot more money than the fan, now its the fan's turn to get paid. This is to get back for spending all of our last dollars to see a game, pay for parking, overpriced food and beverages, beers etc. They don't always perform. If he wouldn't have given what I wanted, he could have begged until he was blue in the face. He would have went home without the ball.

anthony s

So if a baseball player demands more salary, it is OK...but if a fan demands more $ (or whatever) for a baseball, it is greed?
Hypocrite?

fan

and people pick on red sox fans. Every time something big comes up our fans hand the ball over without any questions. Happened on Manny Rameriz's 500 homerun. On Ortiz red sox breaking home run record it even happened on the first homerun for Jacoby ellsbury and every single person handed it over and asked for nothing. One person only wanted to hand the ball to a player to make sure he got it. I think it was Jed Lowrie's first hit (it went into the stands)

I guess I can see the person's point. I don't make a lot of money. I can barely afford my rent and to think that I would hand the ball over and ask for nothing and the player getting the ball could put it on auction is kind of disheartning. In ten years this player could be huge. You just never know.

It may sound bad but after the guy handed over the David Ortiz homerun ball he sold it for charity. There are always people worse off then you are but I would have been mad if that is what someone did with the ball I gave him for free. I could certainly use the money to move into my own apartment.

Anyway I guess my point is I see both sides.

PC

@Happy Youngster supporter:
"Major League Baseball, meanwhile, is a multi-billion dollar enterprise..."

SOOOOOOOO! Your reasoning is NO excuse for bad behavior! And this guy has kids. Disgusting. What a way to set an example.

HY is greedy beyond belief!

RollTideRoll

You know for someone to demand another ball or bat is okay, but to demand tickets and gear from other players is a slap in the face to player who hit it. I hope this guy never catches another ball for the rest of his life. What a jerk?!

cops are wicked

wow.. figures hes a cop, what a dirtbag. all these fans spend so much time preaching about how the players should act, and then act like they won the lottery because they have something that has no real worth other then to the player. and you can see he was just trying to bank off it asking for a hanley signed bat, obviously the priciest item he could get out of it. if i ever caught a ball that a player wanted back, i would say sure, and ask him for a photo together and a signed ball in return. but even if he said no to that i would still give him the ball because its not like its a homerun record ball, its a personal mememto

fan

I just read this guys blog. He has caught almost 100 homerun balls. He should have handed it over.

It reminds me of a game I saw in Baltimore (sox vs Orioles) where the guy next to me during batting practice owned a baseball store where he sold game used balls and the idiot players threw him two balls. Dang I hate Javy Lopez and now I remember why.lol

Howie Feltersnatch

Somebody buy this guy a ticket to a Raider game and throw a Packer hat on his head. It's that simple.

Trey

Dude needs to trade a baseball for a girlfriend.....

PhilaMike

These players work insanely hard their entire lives to get one hit or one MLB HR. Guys like this ARE the reason most players charge for autograph appearances. I was at a Flyers practice once and afterward guys were stopping players cars in the parking lot, shoving jerseys and pictures in the players face through the window. Not one was under 40 and it was at 11:30 AM on a Wednesday.
If I caught a milestone HR ball, I've talked about this with my friends, I'd want to hand it over personally, picture, autographed bat from THE PLAYER WHO HIT IT, NOT HIS TEAMMATES, and maybe tix to one game. I think that is reasonalble.
If I ever caught say Chase Utley's 200th HR or something, I'd just want to have a catch on the field with him for 15 minutes after the game.
I think that would be awesome

jwcidh

Is Boras representing fans, too?

BucSox

I actually read and heard an interview with this guy. He had written on a piece of paper his demands he wanted an autographed Coghlan bat, an autograped Hanley bat (which I can't blame him for asking for an autograph of one of the best players in the game.) and tickets to the Brewers Marlins series in Florida not the Yankees. And in the article I read Coghlan was a total dick to him and the only thing he said to the guy was "Are you going to give me my ball or what?"

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/marlins/2009/05/15/fan-rips-chris-coghlan-marlin/

Jim

Unbelievable!!! He calls himself a fan?
I believe he's an A*s H*le !!!

awesome al

I cant believe what this guy did. He should be banned from attending baseball games period. I mean poor coghlan its his first home run in the big leagues and this jerk-off tries to bargain with the marlins. Heck, if i was coghland, I'd tackle him and take the ball. Marlins fan 3 is out! P.S. im white.

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=556524916

The fan should have done the right thing. Im sure he would have been rewarded kindly. Reminds me of Deniro in "The Fan"..what a douche.

JP

If he were a true fan he would have given the ball back without bribery but when you remember how much these players make from the game, it was no real sin to expect something special in return. It's not like he kidnapped Coghlan and held him for ransom. A fair swap for some lousy signatures.

S

my good friend, biggest Cardinals fan I know, caught McGwire's 70th homerun ball back in 98. if you recall, this was during the huge HR race with Sosa. I was there when he caught it and about 1 minute later he was whisked out of our box and I didn't see him again until the next day. when we talked, he said that he was taken to the stadium offices where an MLB rep repeatedly tried to get him to agree to give the ball to McGwire in exchange for TWO BATS AND A SIGNED BALL. My friend, drunk, said that he needed to think about it and asked if he could meet McGwire. He later told me he was almost certainly going to hand the ball over, but the MLB rep said No way you meet McGwire unless you agree to hand over the ball. My buddy wisely refused and sold the ball for 3 million dollars three months later. My point is that these guys make big money playing a kid's game. Work hard?? Shoveling dirt is hard work - running around in a grassy field catching balls is not. The vast majority of MLB personnel and players dont give a f--k about the average fan and only an idiot would think they did.

Only_In_Wisconsin

I think a nice line-drive foul to the man-bag would be good Karmic retalliation.

D-No

K...read his blog...my critical assessment? He's a douche. A bona fide, "me-first", unabashed douche.

Cardinal91

"My point is that these guys make big money playing a kid's game. Work hard?? Shoveling dirt is hard work - running around in a grassy field catching balls is not."

That is a ridiculous comment, if what you said were true we would all be stars in the big's. But we're not because these guys have trained damn near all their lifes. A true fan should never try to rape their team for all they can get. If the team offers you something thats diiferent. But dont demand anything. Come on be a fan of the game because you love baseball, not merchandise

Brewers fan09

Police officers wonder why no one respect them anymore.... This guy is the reason why.

BlueJay94

Wow, what a jerk! These are the kinds of people that make me mad. I just read what Happy Youngster said about Coghlan. That's bullsh*t! Even if he did, considering what he put Coghlan through, he had every right to do it. I hope he takes a broken bat to the nose!

Steve

Happy Youngster (?) is a bizarre individual. Who spends their life roaming baseball stadiums, greedily snatching baseballs? I'm pretty sure that's an unhealthy obsession. The De Niro in The Fan reference is spot on. This dude seems pretty unstable and somebody should be keeping an eye on him.
As for the demands and negotiating, either keep the ball or give it back. How does this become such a complex transaction? Some people will try to monetize anything.

Chris

>>a personalized Coghlan bat, an autographed Ramirez bat and -- to top it all off -- tickets to the Yankees/Marlins series in South Florida in June. <<

Wow, way to be subtle. Why not just say "I want something that will get big money on Ebay or Craigslist".
What a dickhead....

Chris

>>My point is that these guys make big money playing a kid's game. Work hard?? Shoveling dirt is hard work - running around in a grassy field catching balls is not.<<

Yes. Because that is all that is involved in becoming a MLB caliber player, running around in a grassy field. Next time think before you type.

Brian

If I see Happy Youngster in the stands next to me and a ball is coming our way, I can guarantee he won't be a Happy Youngster.

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