Frank Burke, a Giants fan from Oakland, caught the ball that Travis Ishikawa hit for a three-run home run to send the Giants to the World Series. After the game, Burke gave the ball to Ishikawa. In addition to an autographed bat from Ishikawa, Burke received four tickets to Game 3 of the World Series.
Ryan O'Connor, a waiter at Rock & Brews restaurant near Kansas City, was serving some wives of Royals players Tuesday several hours before Game 1 of the World Series. Instead of a customary tip, Katelyn Davis, wife of relief pitcher Wade Davis, decided to give O'Connor a ticket to the game.
Fortunately for these two fans, they didn't have to worry about getting stuck with bogus tickets. But tickets were among a variety of counterfeit World Series merchandise that federal agents in Overland Park, Kansas, seized at the start of the World Series.
The Associated Press reported that 126 counterfeit game tickets with a street value of $43,000 were confiscated along with T-shirts, caps, cellphone cases, sweatshirts and baby clothes. Four arrests were made in connection with the raid, but police said some fake tickets might have already been sold.