ON THE STREET: Foul balls, tattoos and Lincoln

Posted: Nov. 2, 2013 6:09 pm Updated: Nov. 16, 2013 7:15 pm


BATTING .500: Ursa native Shawn Lewis didn't need a glove to catch his first foul ball during the postseason, but poor fundamentals prevented him from catching a second one. Lewis snagged his first foul ball off the bat of St. Louis third baseman David Freese in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, a 7-1 loss by the Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Oct. 4. However, during Game 3 of the World Series on Oct. 26, Lewis and his wife had just bought a beer and were returning to their seats when a foul ball from Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday came at him. "I told Shaila, ‘Watch this,' " Lewis admitted. He tried to catch the ball with one hand, and it bounced off his heel. "I was feeling a bit too cocky," he said. "I blew it. Looking back, I should have handed her my $12 beer and used two hands."

n REPEAT WINNER: Remember Tony Peck, the Quincy man who tattooed Busch Stadium on his chest and appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and earned two tickets to Game 3 of the World Series? When he was at Game 3, he learned about a Major League Baseball contest on Instagram. Photos taken at Game 3 with the hashtag #myworldseries had a chance to win tickets for Game 4. Peck had just returned to Quincy from Game 3 when he was contacted by MLB officials about winning the Game 4 tickets. Peck, a training coordinator and key manager at Texas Roadhouse in Quincy, asked Zachary Stieferman, his boss at the restaurant to go with him, and they attended Game 4. "The tickets were nosebleeds up in section 447, but hey, I went to Game 3 and Game 4," Peck said.

n LINCOLN HONOR: Samantha Nielsen, a Quincy University student from Arlington Heights, was honored Saturday by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois as one of Illinois' outstanding college students. The Lincoln Academy's Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state's four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from among all the community colleges in Illinois. Each student received a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement during a ceremony at the Old State Capitol Historic Site in Springfield.

n FIRE ESCAPE: The Quincy Fire Department gave away eight fire escape ladders on Saturday as part of Fire Prevention Month. Participants signed up for a drawing for the ladders at an event at the Quincy Mall on Oct. 19. Winners of the ladders were Yolanda Schuttler, Nicci Garner, Josiah Winkeljohn, Johnny Romine, Chloe Liesen, Charles Watson, Pete Dinklage and Hope Wade.


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