07/14/2014 10:48 am ET Updated Jul 14, 2014

Cubs Fan Pulls Off The Switcheroo On Home Run Ball (VIDEO)

Catching an opposing team's home run is a tough dilemma for any hometown bleacher creature. The opportunity for a souvenir is so precious to come by, but every other fan is cheering for you to throw it back. This weekend, one creative Cubs fan was able to slyly navigate this predicament to the best possible outcome.

After catching Braves third baseman Chris Johnson's home run, he relied on a little old-fashioned sleight-of-hand, keeping the valuable ball in his glove while tossing a generic ball from his pocket back onto the field.

It's the kind of switcheroo that could only be pulled off by a seasoned vet -- which this guy certainly is. Speaking to Braves broadcaster Tom Hart, the fan said that he's been going to Wrigley Field for 32 years and claimed that he's come away with 28 game balls.

[h/t Deadspin]



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