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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