October 26, 2012

Panda's Third Homer Costly to Fan

When Pablo Sandoval hit his third home run in Game One of the World Series the other night, he became just the fourth player in history to pull off the feat.

The woman who ended up with the ball...well, she's got an entirely different, one-of-a-kind story.

Giants fan Dawn Price says she was sitting in the outfield bleachers when the San Francisco slugger went yard for the third time, then, as the ball went over the fence, she fell over the bleachers into an area behind the center field fence.

“When I tried to get the ball, I went down over the railing,” Price said.

Or so she claims.

After retrieving the ball, Price says she put the ball in her pants and tried to climb back to her seat.  But, it was then when she was hauled off by AT&T Park security and arrested for trespassing since, well, they're not buying the claim she fell.

"It’s possible," Officer Gordon Shyy of the San Francisco Police Department said, "but it’s a pretty steep fall."

According to Shyy, the ball has since been recovered by the team.  But, as it turns out, Price said she would have given the ball back to Sandoval anyway.

That said, trespassing or not, I'm not sure giving the ball back to Sandoval is Price's best option.

You see, this past May, famed memorabilia collector Seth Swirsky sold Reggie Jackson's third home run ball from the 1977 Series for, wait for it, a cool $65,725.

Yikes.

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