Livan Hernandez threw his glove, a hat, and a windshirt into the stands just about the Nats dugout after he was pulled from the game tonight. I could see on TV that a woman caught the hat so I tried to call a friend who was sitting within a few rows of her to get him to offer to purchase it on my behalf. This guy, who is usually wired for 24/7 contact, left his cell phone in the car and didn't get my messages until after the game.
Apparently, Hernandez soon regreted tossing his glove away and officials for the team asked the fan who caught it to give it back. They offered him a glove of another player (not sure whether it was used or whose glove it was), but my buddy says the guy's girlfriend was advising him to hold out for more. This discussion turned out to be very involved and lasted a half an inning, I'm told. Not sure how it ended up.
Here's my question: Has anyone here offered a fan at a game cash for an item that was thrown into the stands or handed to them by a player? How did it go? How much cash? Would you handle it differently in the future?