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Lucky beer run gives fan 715 ball

Beer run gives fan 715 ball

SAN FRANCISCO - Andrew Morbitzer was making a routine walk to the concession stands at AT&T Park. During a Sunday afternoon game that he attended with his wife, Megan, he was in search of beer, peanuts and a barbecue sandwich from Big Guy's Barbecue. He had forgotten Barry Bonds was due up in the bottom of fourth inning.

Somehow he ended up being in the right place at the right time.

Morbitzer was in the concession stands behind the center-field wall, and after Bonds' 715th career home run deflected off a fan in the stands, it landed right in Morbitzer's hand.

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"We both finished our beers and we thought it was a good time to get beers," Morbitzer said. "We didn't know Barry was coming up. Once I got downstairs, I started trying to figure out where to get the peanuts from, [and] I heard that Barry was coming up to bat.

"As I was walking down, I heard the roar [of the crowd]. I looked up and saw everybody reaching into the air, and the ball came over and I snagged it. And the brilliant men of [the San Francisco Police Department] got around me and took me away."

Meanwhile, Megan was getting hungry.

"He was in line for my peanuts, and I was kind of wondering what was taking so long," said Megan Morbitzer, who married Andrew last Labor Day weekend.

Bonds hit his milestone homer 445 feet on a 3-2 pitch from Byung-Hyun Kim to put himself in sole possession of the No. 2 spot on the all-time home run list.

Morbitzer, a 38-year-old from San Francisco, said that he caught the ball in midair with his hands and hasn't decided if he is going to sell the ball or not.

"I'm going to hold it tightly in my hands for a little while," Morbitzer said.

Morbitzer, who is a marketing director for financial software company Intuit, said he would like to have Bonds autograph No. 715.

"I have not [met Bonds] -- someday it'd be great to meet Barry," said Morbitzer, who was sporting a black Bonds shirt that read 715. "Barry's a good guy. I just saw Barry walking through when they were waiting to bring me through to you all [the media]."

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It was the first time Morbitzer had been to a Giants game this season, and the first time he has caught a ball during a game.

"It's just fun to be a small part of a big day," Morbitzer said.

Ryan Quinn is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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