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World Series Beer Man Making A Difference

Michael Calhoun and Brad Choat
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Beer vendor Patrick Ferris in action during Game 3 of 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Beer vendor Patrick Ferris in action during Game 3 of 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It was an emotional outpouring at the ballpark Saturday night, not just in hopes of a Cardinals victory, but for the Mehlville family members that lost their house — and their son — in a fire last week.

Busch Stadium beer vendor Patrick Ferris pledged to donate his tips from World Series Game 3 to the Davis family.

Chris Comerford dropped $200 into the tip jar and told KMOX News: “I have several friends who gave me money to do that, so I gave the man a $200 tip for one beer. I couldn’t be happier!”

That was the biggest tip of the night, but Patrick Ferris says it definitely wasn’t the only one: “A regular gave me a fifty. I saw some twos, threes, fives, tens, and lots of twenties.”

Ferris says the game was a struggle to keep from breaking down.

“I’ve been crying for five days,” he said. “I promised myself I wasn’t gonna cry. But when that guy came up and gave me the $200, I started to and I was like ‘stop, stop, stop!'”

KMOX has learned Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch said they’ll match the vendor’s good deed up to $1,000.

Later, on Facebook, Farris announced that he will donate his tips from all three games to the family, so if you’re wondering how much he collected at the first home game, stay tuned.

“I will announce to the whole world how much we have raised for them after we win the World Series,” he wrote.

Comerford and Ferris (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Comerford and Ferris (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Boston’s beards have become their brand, with St. Louisans on social media poking fun at the facial hair as well as the Red Sox’ routine of beard-tugging after home runs.

But some Cardinal Nation inhabitants boast facial hair with just as much inchage.

“Are you a Cardinals fan or are you from Boston?” KMOX’s Michael Calhoun asked Ricky, who replied: “Cardinals fan.” He says he points out injured closer Jason Motte as a Cardinal whose beard could go toe-to-toe with the Bosox’.

Ricky, like dozens of other Redbirds faithful, couldn’t score tickets to Game Three, but elected to throw on a hoodie and soak in the atmosphere outside the gate on Clark St.

(KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

(KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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