Editor's note: The day after this story was reported, Jordan Jacobson admitted that it was a hoax, saying he’d posted the photo to Twitter in jest. Jacobson and a friend had confirmed details of the supposed incident in interviews with StarTribune and other news organizations. Please see the follow-up story here.
If Jordan Jacobson ever gets another chance to catch a Home Run Derby ball hit by Giancarlo Stanton, he can have the slugger’s glove with him.
The 19-year-old ball-shagging fan from Lakeville stuck out his right hand Monday night at Target Field in an attempt to nab a blast from the Florida Marlins star during the All-Star competition among major league musclemen. But the ball deflected off Jacobson’s mitt-less flesh and was pounced on by another fan more than 350 feet from where the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Stanton let it rip.
Jacobson could only stare at his swollen and bruised hand that night, an image prominently displayed on the widely viewed Deadspin sports website.
But Jacobson confirmed Wednesday that Stanton is sending the former Lakeville North baseball player a glove and a ball from the Home Run Derby.
“Thank you” was all Jacobson wanted to say, while verifying that Stanton’s Twitter message about the gifts was true.
“Sorry you had to ‘Bear’ this pain @JJacobson13!” Stanton tweeted. “But look on the bright side, now u get my Glove & a Derby ball!”
In an earlier interview with a Florida-based sports and pop culture blog, Jacobson said: “It was extremely painful at first, then went numb after about 15 minutes. It probably would have felt better if I would have gotten the ball.”
When he posted a picture of his hurtin’ hand on Twitter, he wrote: “Note to self … Bring a glove to the homerun derby next year.”
Adam Alexander, who was with Jacobson at the derby, said his buddy reached out on Twitter to Stanton in hopes of some gain from his pain, a move that has paid off.
“Hey @Giancarlo818 thanks, I forgot to bring my mit,” Jacobson wrote, including a photo of the damaged digits.
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