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.

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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.

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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.

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If necessary, Games 6 and 7 will be played back in Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.