SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A San Francisco Giants fan who caught the historic home run ball that launched the team into the World Series – only to return it the player who hit it – is getting the good karma back to him in a big way.
Frank Burke was set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series Friday at AT&T Park in San Francisco, according to the team, the latest perk for the Stanislaus County resident and lifelong Giants fan.READ MORE: Lawsuit Alleges Low-Income Homeowners Were Manipulated Into Getting PACE Green-Energy Loans
Burke hauled in Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off, pennant-winning blast in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He said he wanted Ishikawa to have the ball which could have commanded a steep price on the memorabilia market.READ MORE: COVID: Bay Area Expert Says Michigan's Surge From UK Variant Not Likely In California
In return he received an autographed bat from Ishikawa and later the Giants provided him with World Series tickets.
Friday, Burke will stroll onto the mound before Game 3 to deliver the ceremonial first pitch before the 5:07 p.m. start time.
The Giants and Kansas City Royals are tied 1-1 in the World Series. Games 3, 4, and 5 will be played at AT&T Park.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: 2 Dead, 7 Injured, 1 Arrest In Suspected DUI Crash In Pittsburg
If necessary, Games 6 and 7 will be played back in Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.