10/25/2012 04:11 pm ET Updated Oct 25, 2012

Joshua Lakos, Caregiver, Catches Foul Ball Headed Towards Disabled Man

Most people will remember game one of the 2012 World Series as the day Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs, leading the San Francisco Giants to a landslide victory over the Detroit Tigers. But for two local men, it will best be remembered for the catch--and not the one on the field.

According to CBS San Francisco, Petaluma man Joshua Lakos surprised himself when he caught a Pablo Sandoval foul ball barehanded as it hurtled toward the face of his friend Paul. Paul suffers from cerebral palsy and sits in a wheelchair.

"If I didn't catch it, it could have hit him right in the face," Lakos told CBS. Lakos is Paul's caregiver, and the high-speed foul ball could have been life threatening.

"I stand up, and I grabbed it and it just happened into my hand, and the rest is history," said Lakos. "I looked down, I was in disbelief."

Though rare, stray balls have claimed the lives of several before. In 2010, a 27-year-old Rangers fan died after falling from the stands while trying to catch a foul ball for his son.

That same year, Marin teen Gunnar Sandberg entered into a coma after being struck in the head by a line drive during a practice game.

But due to Lakos' intervention, Paul left Wednesday's game safe and grinning ear to ear.

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