Jared Macchirole was adamant he didn't do anything wrong. "The ball was coming toward me and we just reached for it," the 20-year-old Middle Village resident said last night as he and a buddy tried to avoid reporters and security on their way to a restroom.

With one out in the second inning of Game 4 of the ALCS, Robinson Cano homered to rightfield. Macchirole and his friend leaned forward to try and catch the ball. An arm glanced against Texas rightfielder Nelson Cruz's glove.

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"It was coming right toward us," said Macchirole, a graduate of Archbishop Molloy who, according to Facebook, is a Penn State student. "It was a home run, anyway. I touched it after it was a home run. It was a home run. It hit the cement before it touched us.

"He was yelling at me, but I wasn't going to say anything," the season-ticket holder, who came home from college for Games 3 and 4, said of Cruz. "It was a home run. I was celebrating the home run beforehand. I don't remember what he said. Honestly, I didn't hear a thing. Everyone was celebrating."

Two batters later, designated hitter Lance Berkman circled the bases after launching a called home run down the rightfield line. But moments later, the umpires reviewed the play and reversed the call, saying the ball landed just foul.