Indians fan gives up seat on plane so Kenny Lofton could make it to the World Series

Wednesday October 26th, 2016

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) This was no ordinary bump from a flight.

A longtime Cleveland Indians fan is being given quite a reward after giving up his seat on a plane to make sure former outfielder Kenny Lofton arrived in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 1 of the World Series.

The Indians are giving Ken Kostal, of Marblehead, tickets to Game 6, and a team spokesman said United is giving Kostal 62,200 airline miles for future use. Lofton had 622 career stolen bases.

Kostal said he was waiting to board a delayed flight from Los Angeles to Cleveland early Tuesday when he recognized Lofton. When he overheard Lofton saying he wasn't sure he'd get a seat on the plane, Kostal offered his.

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