Garnet Hathaway is keeping an eye on the ball as he prepares for free agency this summer, and he made that clear at a Boston Red Sox game on Sunday night.
Hathaway, a winger who played for the Washington Capitals before being traded to the Boston Bruins midway through the 2022-23 season, was at Fenway Park when the Red Sox took on the St. Louis Cardinals. He was ensconced in his seat on the luxury box level and saw a foul ball coming from Justin Turner’s bat.
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Hathaway caught the foul ball with his bare hands.
«You never think it’s going to happen and then it happens,» he told The Associated Press. «I’ve already been here for a few hours. It’s my son’s birthday. We have to take him around the stadium. It was amazing.»
He said he was warned about the possibility of foul balls flying at him just before Turner threw one at him.
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«One of the concession guys said, ‘Watch out. If he’s a right-handed hitter, they’re coming fast, they’re coming often. Pay attention,'» Hathaway said. «I had just sat down and my wife took the kids home. The next thing you know, it’s already happening. It was good to get a heads up.»
Hathaway said he caught a foul ball at Yankee Stadium earlier when the Red Sox were in town. This will be given to his son, who just turned 2 years old.
The Maine native had four goals and two assists in 25 games for the Bruins.
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Boston won the Presidents’ Trophy for having the best record in the NHL, but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Florida Panthers. The team had an NHL-record 135 points and 65 wins for the year.
Associated Press contributed to this report.