Travis Ishikawa lined a three-run home run to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, sending the Giants into the World Series against the Royals. Frank Burke, who owns a transmission repair business, about two hours east of San Francisco, was the lucky fan who came up with the baseball.
Burke could have taken the baseball home and kept it as a collectible, or sold it on the Internet or personally to a memorabilia merchant, but instead gave the ball back to Ishikawa. From NBC Bay Area, Burke had asked for World Series tickets but was told he may not be accomodated. Burke gave the ball back anyway, saying, “Ishikawa is the guy who hit the ball. I’m just the lucky guy who caught it.” Ishikawa did give Burke a signed bat.
As it turns out, the Giants were able to reward Burke for his generosity after all, giving the man four tickets to Game 3 of the World Series, the first of the two or three games the Giants will host in San Francisco.
Burke was in attendance at AT&T Park on Thursday night with his friend Greg Luetza, who is battling cancer. Burke wanted to do something special, so he bought tickets to the NLCS once the Giants had wrapped up their NLDS series with the Nationals.
This is a really great story all the way around. For more details, including reactions from Burke’s family, check out the full article at NBC Bay Area.