Fan returns historic home run ball to Travis Wood

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CHICAGO – Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks left game two of the NLDS early after taking a line drive to the forearm in the top of the fourth inning.

Hendricks suffered a contusion, but thankfully X-rays came back negative

Travis Wood replaced Hendricks on the mound and made history during his first at-bat.

Wood blasted a solo home run 393-feet into the bleachers and became the first relief pitcher to hit a postseason home run since 1924.

That home run was hit by the New York Giants’ Rosy Ryan in Game 3 of the World Series.

A man from Aurora caught Wood’s homer after the ball bounced off his chest.

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Even though it was his first postseason game, Rich Hemmig knew it was a big deal, so he gave Wood the ball back after the game.

In exchange, Wood posed for pictures and gave Hemmig an autographed ball.