Cops investigating alleged robbery of home run ball during Giants' loss to Boston Red Sox

| August 22, 2013
Stephen Drew of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by Will Middlebrooks after Drew hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Stephen Drew of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by Will Middlebrooks after Drew hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday in San Francisco.
- Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

A teenager was assaulted and robbed of the home run ball he claims he retrieved Wednesday during the Giants' loss to the Boston Red Sox at AT&T Park, police said.

The 16-year-old was in the standing-only section above Levi's Landing in right field when he scrambled to fetch the seventh-inning home run hit by the Red Sox's Stephen Drew, Officer Albie Esparza said Thursday.

The homer drove in three runs in Boston's 12-1 rout of the Giants.

Right after the victim took possession of the baseball, the suspect allegedly tackled him from behind, twisted his wrist, then pried the ball away and fled, Esparza said.

The victim complained of wrist pain and was treated at the ballpark.

In this video highlight posted on MLB.com, a bald black man can be seen excitedly holding up the ball moments after the home run. Later, the video shows the scramble for the home run ball as it bounces around the promenade.

The suspect was described as a black man in his late 30s standing about 5-feet-9, weighing 230 pounds and wearing a black baseball cap, black T-shirt and black jeans, Esparza said.

"The suspect remains outstanding," Esparza said.

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