Suburban boy gets second chance to see World Series

By John Dempsey, WLS-AM 890

(CHICAGO) A happy ending for seven year old Johnny Wallach of Northfield, who was accidentally knocked unconscious by a high-fiving fan at game one of the World Series in Cleveland Tuesday night.

Johnny’s father David tells “The Big John and Ray Show” on WLS, that after he appeared on the show earlier this week to criticize the Indians response, the team came through with two tickets for them for game 3 Friday night at Wrigley Field.

“It’s a class move by them. They called us yesterday and told us they had two tickets for tonight. There are no words to express how grateful we are to the Indians organization, to Ray and you guys for waking us up at five o’clock in the morning to talk about this. Thanks Ray.”

Wallach says his son Johnny, who was rushed to a Cleveland hospital with a concussion Tuesday night, is alright, and was so excited after hearing he’d be attending game 3 at Wrigley Field that he could not sleep Thursday night.

Wallach had paid $2,200 for two bleacher seats at Cleveland’s Progressive Field for game one. He says after the Indians scored their first run in the first inning, a Cleveland fan behind them high-fived his friend, and accidentally elbowed Johnny in the head, knocking him unconscious.

At that time Wallach says the Progressive Field staff in Cleveland did nothing to help. Now all is forgiven as Johnny and his Dad will attend game 3 at Wrigley Field, as guests of the Indians.

Wallach says the lesson he and Johnny learned on Tuesday, is to be careful with high-fiving.

“I’m sure tonight when the Cubs score the place is gonna go insane and you know you have to kind of be careful of your surroundings because people are jumping up and down and they’re high-fiving and it gets a little nuts.”

David Wallach talks about the Cleveland Indians making up for an incident in Game One on the John and Ray morning show here: