A 94-year-old’s dream to see his see his baseball team head to the World Series is coming true thanks to a fellow Houston Astros fan’s selfless gift.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania resident Ben Soltero De Martin bought a pair of tickets to see Game 3 of the World Series out of the blue, figuring that he would sell the tickets if he couldn’t make it, he told KHOU.
Martin’s Corpus Christi roots inspired him to do something much more fulfilling, so he called up Jesus Garza Wednesday to tell him that he’d be attending Friday’s game at Minute Maid Park in Houston against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Martin decided to give up his tickets after reminiscing on taking his own grandfather to games at the Astros stadium before he died.
“I could kind of in my head picture Mr. Garza having the same feeling, and I knew it was something I could be a part of even in a little way,” he said.
In a Facebook video Monday, Garza cheered on his team.
“Come on, Astros!” he said. “Win this championship World Series, 2017!”
Garza’s daughter, Linda, told KHOU that he would take all seven of his children to see the Astros play when they were children at least once every season, despite the high costs of tickets.
Initially, Garza’s family had set up a GoFundMe page to help Garza fulfill his dream of seeing the Astros play in the World Series. The family said it is grateful to Martin for making it happen.
Receiving the tickets was the easy part. Now, Garza must choose who out of his seven children he will take to the game with him.
The World Series going into Game 3 is currently tied at 1-1.