Central Florida boy catches World Series ball

11-year-old Owen gets David Ortiz's 6th inning home run ball

By Julie Broughton - Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - It's the ultimate World Series souvenir and now David Ortiz's sixth-inning home run ball is right here in Central Florida.

"I'm like, oh my God, it's coming right toward us! Owen's sitting beside me, I can tell he really wants the ball, he trips, beer cups are flying," said Windermere resident Freddy Fly.

After several bounces,  Fly says the prized ball stopped, right on the edge of the Fenway Park wall known as the "Green Monster." That's when he grabbed it for his 11-year-old son.

"So I just stick my arms up and you could see the look on his face. All I wanted to do was put the ball in his hand and say, we just got the home run ball of David Ortiz," said Flynn.

"I think my heart stopped for a moment," said Owen.

Owen headed back to school on Monday after his big weekend. He tells Local 6 he feels like a bit of a celebrity and is getting lots of requests to see the ball.

"I don't think it's ever going to come out of my room after today. And it will probably be passed down to my children, " said Owen.

Big Papi's ball was actually the second one Owen caught that day. He scored a batting practice ball from Daniel Nava. However, that ball stayed in Boston, with a gentleman who recognized the now-famous Owen in the airport, topping off a perfect father-son adventure.

"The giving of the batting practice ball is awesome, giving it so he could share it with his son. That was awesome. That was the best," said Flynn.

Flynn tells us he and his wife originally planned to go to the game themselves, but decided baseball-player Owen would enjoy it even more. Now, Flynn says, he will take his wife to the 2015 Super Bowl to make up for the excitement she missed.

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