DETROIT (WWJ) – There was plenty of nerves and then jubilation at Comerica Park Tuesday night after the Tigers game four win.

And there was a moment for the ages, when two fans reached out to try to reel in Victor Martinez’s disputed home run — and got a piece of the ball as it seemed to hover over the glove of A’s outfielder Josh Reddick.

That means local chef and a long-time season ticket holder, John Bendzinski, 49, of Macomb almost changed the course of Game 4 for the Tigers.

“It was coming to me and I didn’t know if it had enough – I didn’t really want to reach over,” he told WWJ’s Russ McNamara. “Next thing you know, I’m switching hands with my beer and it hits me right in the hands.” See the moment HERE.

Bendzinski didn’t catch the ball but he did hold on to his beer.

Bendzinski’s friend Mark Beauchamp was right next to the action: “The ball was coming out and we had to like ‘go for it’ we were above the yellow,” he said.”That’s all we knew.”

The Tigers rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.

Meanwhile, the Tigers playoff win was a daddy-daughter night for a local family.

Chris Forte and his daughter Simone to her first Tigers playoff game:

“A memorable moment … yeah, a great time,” he said.


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