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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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Mc

Welcome to South Florida :( I'm embarrassed to say.

Shell

"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."

You clearly possess no understanding of athletics. It takes years of training, dedicated practice, and physical exertion to become an MLB player, not to mention the thousands of dollars they invest in equipment, training, showcases, etc.

Personally, I think MLB players have earned the money they make, and anyone who complains about the prices of tickets, beer, etc. at games can either stop and think about how much it costs to put them on, or just stop going to games altogether. The guy who caught the ball might think he's a baseball fan, but a true baseball fan would understand the sentimental value of that ball and not even bargain. Making Coghlan resort to begging even after giving him what he demanded is downright heartless.

CUBS MAN

After reading thgis story, I felt like bashing this guy too. But instead, i went to his blog and read his side. Happy Yougster seems like an ok guy, except for the cubs suck comment! That would get his teeth kicked in around me. But in my opinion, he was totally in the right. This Coughlin nobody needs an attitude adjustment and needs to learn who really writes his paycheck! THE FANS! Give the man 2 bats and shut ur dumb mouth! One day he will look back and see how big of a dick he was and how embarassed he and his whole family should be for his immature actions! Loser trash!

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