At Game 5 of the World Series, Stephen Perretta wanted a piece of the action as he sat near the dugout.
He got one and it came out of left field.
During Derek Jeter's seventh inning at bat, the New York shortstop's baseball bat shattered with pieces flying into the stands.
The national television audience saw it happen, but Stephen and his family saw a whole lot more as the bat hit the young man.
"I was following the ball, and I didn't see the bat coming, and then I just felt pain. And then I just fell down," Stephen said.
When he got up, albeit a bit fazed but unhurt, Stephen was left with more a stomachache.
He got the bat, what was left of it, plus a World Series jacket, and a ball signed by the enemy shortstop himself. And though far from his favorite player, Stephen plans to guard it all closely.
"You can see it, but you just can't touch it," Stephen said.
All of this has made for quite a story back at Stephen's school, Aronomink Elementary, where we're told he's ordinarily kind of a shy kid. These days, not so much.
Stephen is now a reluctant celebrity.
Stephen's parents, meanwhile, are just glad it ended up the way it did.
Phillies fans themselves, they hold no ill will toward the Yankee captain, for what his broken bat could have done.
Stephen and his friends, they may hold a little grudge.
"Go Phillies!" Stephen and his friends said.
Stephen's mother is still shaken up and told Action News that Jeter himself was visibly shaken up as he awaited word of what happened to the young man hit by his bat.
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