SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A lifelong San Francisco Giants fan had a piece of team history in his hands after Thursday’s game: the home-run ball that sent the Giants to the World Series.

Then he did the unthinkable and gave it back.

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Frank Burke, of Oakdale, California, tells the San Jose Mercury News that he wanted the hitter, Travis Ishikawa, to have the ball. So after having it authenticated by a Giants official and learning Ishikawa wanted it back, he went down to the clubhouse and handed it over.

In exchange, Ishikawa gave him a signed bat.

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After doing a media interview the next morning, he got a call from the Giants. Burke now has four tickets to Game 3 of the World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Friday.


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