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No joke! Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

CORRECTS ASTROS BATTER TO JON SINGLETON, NOT MARWIN GONZALEZ - Comedian Chris Rock, far right, offers a foul ball he caught off  Houston Astros' Jon Singleton to a youngster after catching it in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Y Photo:

CORRECTS ASTROS BATTER TO JON SINGLETON, NOT MARWIN GONZALEZ - Comedian Chris Rock, far right, offers a foul ball he caught off Houston Astros' Jon Singleton to a youngster after catching it in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Y

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium.

Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize - a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

Rock was sitting in the front row behind Houston's dugout when Astros rookie Jon Singleton lofted a high foul popup toward the third-base side in the seventh inning. Rock raised his arms to catch it, holding a cellphone in his left hand as he shielded his head.

The ball fell inches behind him, bounced off a seat and Rock outreached another fan to corral the souvenir. Rock held the ball aloft, got a cheer from the crowd and then gave it to a young boy.

Rock is a longtime Mets fan and has recorded a ''Let's Go, Mets!'' chant this year for the videoboard at Citi Field. He wore a Yankees hat to Thursday's game.

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