World Series 2022: Meet the father and son who caught Bryce Harper’s Game 3 home run ball

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It’s one of five home runs to be the talk of the town on Wednesday.

And Andy Hartstein from Laurel, Delaware got it.

“I knew literally right away it was going to come right to us. It was that moment of, ‘Wow, is this really happening?’”

His 9-year-old son, Hudson Hartstein, who attended his first Phillies game, says, “It was the first home run I’ve ever seen and we hit it!”

And it wasn’t just any home run, it was Bryce Harper’s two-run blast in the first inning of Game 3 of the World Series.

“It literally landed in my chest. I couldn’t have dropped it even if I tried. It was placed perfectly in front of me, held onto it with two hands and the court went crazy,” said Andy.

Hudson adds, “It was so crazy because when he caught the ball everyone was jumping and screaming and so happy it was so cool.”

The Phillies’ five home runs set a World Series record and broke another. The Phillies are the first team in history to hit five home runs in the first five innings of a World Series game.

“With every home run that came, it got louder and louder and I never imagined it would play out like this. Now it seems like a bargain knowing what I paid for it,” Andy said.

The price was around $3,500. And for a split second before making the purchase, Andy wasn’t so sure as he said, “I looked at my wife and said, ‘Talk me out of this, this is ridiculous.’ And she said, ‘Absolutely not, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.'”

And Andy says he would do it again.

“We will tell this story forever. He will tell his children and I will tell my grandchildren.”

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