12-year-old tells how he snagged Scooter Gennett's record-tying fourth home run

Zach Thompson was holding ice cream and glove
Posted at 10:56 AM, Jun 07, 2017

CINCINNATI -- With an ice cream in one hand and a glove on the other, a 12-year-old at the ballpark with his baseball team snagged Scooter Gennett’s record-tying fourth home run Tuesday.

Zach Thompson, 12, waved his glove triumphantly from the right-field stands of Great American Ball Park after he caught Gennett’s eighth-inning blast against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Once I caught it, I turned to my coach and he’s all ecstatic. He’s like, ‘Did you know you just caught history?’” Zach said.

Before Gennett became the first Red and the 17th player in major league history to hit four out of the park in one game, Thompson was poised to make the one-handed catch. 

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“He had two strikes on him, I believe,” Zach said. “I was just getting on top of the stairs of my row and just hoping and praying that I’d get the ball or he’d hit a home run. 

"I was just shocked in general. To be honest, I didn't think I would catch it."

Zach’s father, Chris Thompson, said he’ll never forget the moment his son caught Gennett’s 378-foot historic home run.

“It was amazing. I mean, something like that has never been done, especially with the Reds,” he said.

Zach went onto the field after the last out to meet the man who blasted a piece of history into his hands -- and to give him the ball.

No charge.

"There's no problem with just giving the ball back to him because it was his hit," Zach said.

Gennett gave the young fan a signed baseball, a game-worn sweatband and a memory he’ll never forget.

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