A 19-year-old Pleasanton resident, Snyder truly caught some gold. He was the lucky fan who caught Barry Bonds' 714th career home run at McAfee Coliseum Saturday, a second-inning solo shot against Oakland A's lefthander Brad Halsey.
After his momentous catch, Snyder was immediately protected by two Coliseum security guards from would-be fortune seekers. There are estimates that Bonds' home run ball, which tied him with Babe Ruth for second on the all-time home run list, could fetch anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million in auction.
Snyder does plan to sell the ball, too, and maintained there is no way he would give it to Bonds.
"Hell no, I hate that guy," said Snyder, who left the ballpark shortly after catching the ball.
Asked if he would not at least like to meet Bonds at some point to showhim the ball, Snyder reiterated, "Maybe. But I don't really care for the guy."
Snyder was asked how excited he was to catch a baseball collectors have estimated might fetch seven figures on the open market.
"Those people don't know what they're talking about," he said. "It's not (worth) that much."
Bonds's blast came after a drought in which he went 40 plate appearances, 29 at-bats and 10 starts in between his 713th