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LOFTON’S BOARDING PASS

MARBLEHEAD

A longtime Cleveland Indians fan says he didn’t think twice about giving up his plane seat to make sure former outfielder Kenny Lofton arrived in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as this year’s World Series. Ken Kostal, of Marblehead, says he was waiting to board a delayed flight from Los Angeles to Cleveland early Tuesday when he recognized Lofton, the speedy outfielder Kostal had watched as a season ticket holder in the 1990s. When he overheard Lofton saying he wasn’t sure he’d get a seat on the plane, Kostal offered his seat, and a gate agent made the ticket swap. He also snapped a selfie with Lofton, who did get to Cleveland and throw the first pitch before.

BASEBALL BABIES

CLEVELAND

Newborn babies at an Ohio hospital have joined the ranks of Cleveland Indians fans. The Cleveland Clinic says at least five babies born Tuesday at its Fairview Hospital were dressed in World Series onesies. It says babies born throughout the World Series at several of its hospitals will be dressed in the outfits to help cheer on the Indians’ quest for a championship as they take on the Chicago Cubs. The clinic says babies at its Hillcrest, Main Campus SDU, Medina and Cleveland Clinic Akron General hospitals also are receiving the onesies. The outfits feature a baseball design accompanied by the words “World Series Baby” and the hashtag #RallyTogether.

IT’S FREE TACO TIME

CLEVELAND

A stolen base in the World Series means free tacos for everyone next week at Taco Bell. Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor stole second in the bottom of the first inning in Tuesday night’s Game 1. The fast food chain has named Lindor its “Taco Hero” because the swipe has kicked in Taco Bell’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” promotion. Under the deal, participating Taco Bell locations will hand out a free Doritos Locos Taco to fans on Nov. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. This is the fifth time Taco Bell has run the promotion since 2007.

Associated Press

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