Once it was over, Berkman and Burke came over to chat with the Dean family and help start up that memorabilia display for Tyler's room with a couple of signed jerseys and signed baseballs. Berkman chided him for saying Burke's homer went farther -- "Oh, you must have been caught up in the moment," Berkman jabbed -- and the three enjoyed a few moments together, surrounded by cameras and reporters.Friday's presentation and appearance on the field was just the continuation of a fan's dream, one that started in Section 102, Row 2, Seat 15 at Minute Maid Park and will hit another peak Saturday, when he sits in seats behind home plate for Game 3 of the NLCS, courtesy of the Astros. Speaking of fans, Dean has won a couple of big ones in Berkman and Burke. "It shows that there are still good people out there, that he's not just one of those guys out to make $100,000 off a ball like that, or whatever it would be," Berkman said. "It's just neat that both balls are going to wind up in the Hall of Fame. I think all three of us can take pride in that." Said Burke: "It just kind of adds to the whole unlikely tale of that game. I really admire the guy for not trying to make a quick buck. It really seems like he's got his priorities in line." That was certainly the sentiment of the Hall of Fame's Jeff Idelson, who called the gesture an "act of selflessness" and returned the favor by presenting lifetime passes to Cooperstown to Shaun and Tyler, as well as an invitation to Cooperstown next summer as a guest of the Hall of Fame. Catching two historic homers and giving them up isn't without precedent, mind you. Remember Larry Ellison? He's the guy who wears an Arnold Schwarzenegger mask and cruises McCovey Cove in a kayak, and he snagged Nos. 660 and 661 off Barry Bonds' bat, giving both to Bonds and Willie Mays as godfather passed the torch to godson. Dean seems like, well, more of just a regular guy who was psyched just to be at a playoff game, brought his glove and put it to good use. Twice. You'd like to say you wish every fan were like Dean, appreciating the game the way he does, but it's pretty clear from the reaction he's received on his MLBLog and through all those seemingly thousands of pieces about his historic catch that he's not the only fan who'd do the same thing. In that sense, he's Everyfan, the guy who had the chance of a lifetime and grabbed it. Twice. Maybe not every fan has the same hands as this guy. But you hope every fan has the same heart.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less