This one's for dad: D-backs' walk-off home run ball caught by grieving man on his birthday
PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Sometimes, a home run is more than just a line in the box score.
It was the bottom of the ninth on Tuesday when the D-backs were down by one to the Texas Rangers, and Jarrod Dyson stepped to the plate.
Alex Robertson was sitting in right field.
"It's kind of crazy how it all happened because my seats were actually taken, my brother said should we get the bouncer, and he said 'no, let's find new seats, we don't want to start anything,'" he said.
But it wasn't just any game for Robertson, it was his 21st birthday. He drove to Chase Field from Winslow and it was the first birthday after he lost his father, Billy, last month to liver failure.
The two of them loved sports.
"My friend, Josh, he gets a call, and our dads worked together, and he says 'watch this... the Diamondbacks are about to come back for Billy.' Billy's my dad," Robertson said.
On Tuesday, with Robertson there honoring his dad, with one pitch, and one swing from Dyson, magic happened.
The two-run home run won the game for the D-backs and it ended up in the hands of Robertson.
Maybe thanks to a little assist from dad.
"Everything that happened, that probability of me catching that was probably not too high, but it ended up where it needed to be," Robertson said. "The people that knew him knew that he didn't talk too much. I can just picture him up in Heaven smiling, saying he's proud of me."