Opposing team home run balls

I know it’s expected, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. Apparently, long time Texas Rangers fan Nola Pearman probably thinks the same thing. In case you missed it, here’s the link to the story of how Nola Pearman “follows home run protocol“.

Fortunately, I rarely sit in home run territory. And I rarely catch any balls landing anywhere near my vicinity. I can’t even catch a soft toss from a ball boy! I have two witnesses who can attest to that.
If I ever in a million years “catch” a home run from an opposing team, would I throw it back? I think for me, it would depend on the circumstances. The majority of the time, I probably would throw it back. But if it’s a team I like or a player I like or something like that, I’d probably prefer to keep it. I always joke about having an extra ball and doing some kind of switch-a-roo.
I wonder where in the rule books does it say there is an opposing team home run protocol… or maybe it’s just one of the many unspoken rules of baseball.

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