The San Francisco Chronicle had a good re-cap of the scramble to catch the Barry Bonds home-run ball, caught by 22-year-old Matt Murphy of Queens, N.Y.:
One woman, Amanda Nunez, tried to pull the ball from Murphy. "I was holding on to his arm, I was trying to get the ball," Nunez said. She ended up holding a flip-flop that she believes belongs to Murphy. It wasn't the ball, but it was something. Maybe, she said, it was even a collector's item.
One young fan, 15-year-old Mark Jackson of Philadelphia, fell for the fake ball trick -- during big home run scrambles, mischievous fans are known to toss other balls into the area to watch the resulting chaos. Jackson picked up one of the fake balls, stuffed it into his pants and then headed below the bleachers to consult with security guards, who broke the bad news.