Spouse of Phillies' Deceased Head Groundskeeper Shares Story of Reuniting Slugger With 2008 World Series Ball

2008 World Series, Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 5
2008 World Series, Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 5 / Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

The beauty of social media is that amazing personal stories can emerge out of nowhere to provide some joy in the world.

A recent example of this took place courtesy of the spouse of a deceased former head groundskeeper for the Philadelphia Phillies. The story centers around the 2008 World Series and former Tampa Bay Rays slugger Eric Hinske, who got an unexpected gift recently.

This is just amazing. The power of simply sharing a story led to Hinske getting a home run ball he hit all the way back in 2008. He sure looks happy in the picture of him with the baseball, and the story sheds light on how sports connects us all.

This is a nice consolation for Hinske, of course, considering he made the last out in that series.

Just think: 11 years ago, in the middle of the World Series, Hinske was out there in center field trampling around trying to get his home run ball back, and out of nowhere, here it returns in 2020.

If anything, this is a fun story to read during a time without baseball. The steps it took to get Hinske the ball were fascinating, and we could all use stories like these in 2020.