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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals fan trades in David Freese home run ball for bat, ball

10.28.11 at 7:28 am ET

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‘™¦ The fan who caught David Freese‘s 11th-inning home run in Thursday night’s classic World Series Game 6 returned the ball to the Cardinals player after making a quick deal for a signed bat and ball and a chance to meet the players.

Dave Huyette, a 39-year-old radiologist from Maryville, Ill., leaped a fence and snared the ball from the center field grass. He tucked it in his pants and escaped other fans looking for it. Then he was escorted to the Cardinals clubhouse, where he met Freese and struck his deal.

“Maybe if I had been wanting for money, it’d be different,” Huyette said. “But I make a good living. I wasn’t going to hold the country hostage for the ball.

“I told them I didn’t need any money, but it’d be nice to meet some of the players.”

Huyette did just that, along with his friend Jeremy Reiland, a Cubs fan who wore a Cubs T-shirt inside the rival locker room.

“He didn’t tell me he was going to wear that shirt before we came,” Huyette joked. “This is ridiculous.”

‘™¦ Under new NCAA rules adopted Thursday, defending national basketball champion UConn could be banned from the 2013 tournament because of its poor graduation rate. The new rules dictate schools must have a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 on the NCAA’s annual academic progress rate (APR). UConn had an 826 for the 2009-10 season, and last season’s total is not expected to be high enough to qualify the school, which already lost two scholarships this season for its poor APR.

UConn president Susan Herbst is holding out hope that the NCAA will give schools time to adjust to the new requirements.

“We just need time to prepare, and I think that’s true for a lot of institutions,” Herbst said. “We need to get the supports in place so they can meet any new standard. I have no doubt that we’ll have that chance.”

Meanwhile, it should be noted that Boston College tied with Duke for second nationally (behind only Notre Dame) among Division 1 FBS schools with a graduation success rate of 97 percent. The school had 21 teams with a perfect GSR score of 100, ranking it first for the third consecutive year in that category. The BC football team’s score was 93.

‘™¦ The attorney representing the Dodgers and owner Frank McCourt implied that Bryan Stow could have some responsibility for the attack that left him in a coma for several months. Attorney Jerome Jackson, responding to a suit from Stow’s family that includes the Dodgers as a defendant, filed a civil complaint against the two men charged in Stow’s beating.

“I’ve been doing these cases for 23 years and I have never seen one yet in which it didn’t take at least two people to tango,” Jackson said, hinting that jurors could decide Stow bears some liability for provoking the attack. “So stay tuned and stand by.”

‘™¦ Terrell Owens‘ publicist said the 37-year-old free agent receiver “absolutely” did not attempt suicide in an incident on Oct. 6 when police were called to his home. Owens’ assistant called 911 after apparently not realizing Owens had taken a sleeping aid to fall asleep. The publicist said Owens was responsive when police arrived.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 28, 1958, which Red Sox player was named Comeback Player of the Year after finishing second in the American League with a .322 average?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A ridiculous game, weird game. But I bet it was fun for the fans. We just came out on the wrong end.” — Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, after the Cardinals won Game 6 of the World Series in 11 innings

STAT OF THE DAY: 29 — Years since the World Series has gone to a Game 7

‘NET RESULTS: Argentinian soccer player Cristiano Diaz gets a cleat to the throat, although he managed to complete the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels, who batted .230 with the Washington Senators the year before

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Wayne Fontana is 66 Friday.

Read More: Bryan Stow, Dave Huyette, David Freese, Frank McCourt