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Burke Gets First Pitch Nod At AT&T
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The postseason storyline for Frank Burke isn’t finished yet.

Friday night will bring another chapter, as the Oakdale businessman who caught Travis Ishikawa’s pennant-clinching home run ball on Oct. 16 has been confirmed as the man who will throw out the first pitch for the Friday night, Oct. 24 World Series Game 3 at AT&T Park.

Burke returned the ball to Ishikawa and received a signed bat, and the next day was provided with four World Series tickets for the opening game of the three-game set in San Francisco. Thursday afternoon, Burke’s family was able to confirm that he was asked to throw out the first pitch on Friday.

He attended the Oct. 16 National League Championship Series game with his friend Greg Leutza and the two enjoyed meeting Ishikawa when returning the ball. Along with the signed bat, Burke asked for World Series tickets but was told they weren’t available. The following morning, during an interview on KNBR, the Giants flagship station, Burke detailed that story and radio station personalities indicated they would make sure he received tickets to the Series.

Now, he has the chance to throw out the first pitch as the Giants host the Kansas City Royals after earning a split on the road. The series comes back to San Francisco for three games, Friday through Sunday, tied at one win apiece.