SF Giants Host Memorial For Former Bat Girl Killed In Yacht Race

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Alexis Busch as she appeared as a bat girl for the San Francisco Giants. (Busch family photo)

Alexis Busch as she appeared as a bat girl for the San Francisco Giants. (Busch family photo)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Friends and family of one of the sailors lost in the capsizing of the sailboat Low Speed Chase gathered for a Monday memorial service hosted by the San Francisco Giants.

The team is hosting the service for former bat girl, 26-year-old Alexis Busch, at AT&T Park. She’s one of the five people swept off the boat and killed during the race around the Farallon Islands two weeks ago.

She was an accomplished sailor, and she was the daughter of former Giants executive Corey Busch.

Alexis Busch became the first bat girl in the history of Major League Baseball. You may remember her greeting Barry Bonds in the dugout when he hit the 500th home run of his career. The 1 p.m. memorial service is open to the public.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Her brother said Alexis considered the Giants her second family and the ballpark her home away from home. Her body still has not been recovered.

The Coast Guard has suspended all offshore racing, outside San Francisco Bay, until the investigation of the yachting disaster, is complete.

There was another deadly crash during a sailboat race this weekend where three people died while racing from Newport Beach to Ensenada. A fourth is still missing.

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