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Fan returns Ishikawa’s home run ball

The Giants fan who caught Travis Ishikawa‘s home run that sent San Francisco to the World Series for the third time in five years decided to return the ball in exchange for an autographed bat and a chance to meet Ishikawa. The team also invited Frank Burke to Game Three of the World Series, the first that will be played in San Francisco. (CBS SF Bay Area)

“I’m the lucky guy that happened to be in the right place and catch the ball … so If anybody deserves to have that ball in the trophy case is the man who hit it and put us in the World Series for the third time in five years,” Burke told the Associated Press.

I have no idea whether Burke made a smart move or not because I couldn’t guess how much the baseball might have been worth if he had put it up for sale. If we’re talking about a $10,000-$15,000 item, I think Burke made a good choice to focus on making more priceless memories instead of figuring out how to spend the few grand he’d get after auction fees and taxes.

But if the baseball would be valued in the high five figure or low six figure range, Burke would have been smarter to sell.

For better or worse, I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about making that kind of decision about a home run ball.

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Much ado about little: Carrasco, Collins add drama to 8-0 Mets loss

It probably would have been better if tonight’s game between the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers had gotten rained out.

DJ Carrasco
D.J. Carrasco is 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA since signing with the New York Mets before last season began. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Dillon Gee pitched about as well as I expected Miguel Batista to yesterday, allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Travis Ishikawaa backup first baseman known mainly for his glove, hit two home runs – it was the first multi-home run game of his career.

The high point of the game for the Mets was David Wright going 2-for-2 to raise his batting average to a National League-leading .408.

The Brewers’ third home run of the evening prevented this game from being another forgettable loss. Or rather, it was what happened after Rickie Weeks crushed a pitch from D.J. Carrasco to put Milwaukee up 8-0.

On the very next pitch, Carrasco plunked Ryan Braun and home plate umpire Gary Darling ejected him. Carrasco says that it was unintentional… I suppose I believe him, but I’m not sure that makes it better.

If Carrasco hit Braun on purpose, it means he let his temper get the better of him. He put his teammates at risk for retaliation and he forced Terry Collins to turn to another relief pitcher he would have preferred to rest. If Carrasco hit Braun by accident, it means he has no idea where the baseball is going once it leaves his hand. Either way, I’m left to wonder why Carrasco is still employed by the New York Mets.

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