SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the biggest moments of the NLDS was Jake Arrieta's three-run home run to put the Cubs on the board in Game 3.
That homer was caught by Cubs fan and Evanston native Ed Baum. He was sitting in the second row in left field in San Francisco's AT&T Park.
"Well it really wasn't very hard. I can stand out because I'm 6'4" and the people who were around me were not my height, which made it a lot easier to catch the ball," he told WGN Morning News Wednesday. "But also the fans were just sort of a lot nicer and a lot less aggressive than the trying to catch a ball in the left field bleachers at Wrigley."
Baum knows from experience as he caught a fly ball at Wrigley Field in the 80s.
He said he traded the ball back to the Cubs for a chance to meet Arrieta himself. He received an autographed ball from him as well as a bunch of team swag.
He also was at Tuesday night's game when the Cubs clinched the NLDS -- he was sitting about 30 feet away from catcher David Ross' home run ball.