SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Bassett has turned out to be the Giants fan in the right place at the right time this postseason.
Thursday night, Bassett brought a souvenir of Game 1 with him to Game 2 of the World Series: the second of Pablo Sandoval's three home runs the night before in San Francisco's 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
It was Bassett's second grab of the playoffs as he came up with the shot that Buster Posey hit in a Game 1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS. That one he picked up off the ground.
"This one I caught right in the glove, no dispute about it," Bassett said of the ball off Sandoval's bat.
Bassett, a 45-year-olds sergeant in the Vallejo Police Department, returned withthe Sandoval home-run ball back after making contact with Sandoval's agent. In exchange for the ball, Bassett was expecting to get an autographed bat and photo of Sandoval. With any luck, the two would have their picture taken together, too.
Trading the ball back to Sandoval wasn't a difficult choice, in part because Bassett caught one hit by the third baseman in 2010. Basett brought that one Thursday night as well.
"I'm thinking that maybe he'll sign that, too," he said.
Bassett actually is part of two season-ticket plans at AT&T Park. While his lucky seat in the bleachers is in the first row of section 138, Thursday night he was sitting in the front row of a field-level section not too far from Sandoval at third
One Wednesday night, Bassett did connect with Jake Frazier, the fan who caught Sandoval's first home run of the Game 1 victory.
"The guy who caught the first one came over and tracked me down," he said. "We ended up taking a photo together."
In Bassett's ideal scenario, that fan would return the ball to Sandoval as well. Because his final home run landed in the unpopulated area of dead center and was in the hands of a stadium employee, that meant Sandoval might have all three back.