The 3-minute interview with Matt Murphy 

The 21-year-old New York native held off a melee in the right-centerfield bleachers at AT&T Park to hang on to Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th home run ball Aug. 7. The ball is up for auction by SCP Auctions, with the opening bid at $100,000. There have been seven bids since the auction opened Aug. 28, and the latest bid was $177,156.

What was that scrum in the bleachers like? It was kind of crazy. I was expecting some sort of fight for it. I got the ball cleanly, and for that little split second right before somebody jumped on top of me I thought, "Maybe somebody won’t jump on top of me." But it was a dog pile. I could understand the first five people expecting they have a chance at it, but after that, what the hell are you doing?

As the police were carrying you out, what were you thinking? When they first grabbed me, I didn’t see them. When they picked me up, I said, "Get the [heck] off me," and I started throwing elbows. Then they said, "It’s SFPD; we’re here to help you." I said, "OK. Let’s go." I want to thank police officers Kevin Martin and Anna Martinez for helping me.

What do you think of Barry Bonds as a player? Before this, I had respect for him because, I mean, at the time he was encroaching on the all-time home run record. So now that he broke the record, I have more respect for him.

Ever catch any other balls at games? I’ve caught two foul balls. There’s something about a home run ball that means a little bit more than a foul ball.

And if it’s No. 756? Yeah, that would kick that up a little bit.


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