MESA, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – JoAnne Ralph gets a lot of fake calls from telemarketers, but a call she got on Wednesday night was different.
“I said, you wouldn’t pull an old lady’s leg, would you?”
Just hours after Mesa’s 81-year-old grandmother appeared on Arizona’s Family to talk about her big Suns fan, Ralph got a random call from someone offering to take her to Game 2. of the NBA Finals. The call came from fellow Suns fan Ben Barchilon, who saw the story and felt an instant connection to Ralph and his love for the Suns.
“She couldn’t believe it,” Barchilon said. “She thought I was making fun of her. She’s like, you can’t play with an 81 year old woman.”
The Phoenix accountant, 24, was in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night and said it was so amazing he wanted Ralph to have the same experience. Barchilon decided to buy two tickets to Game 2 of the NBA Finals and invited a woman he had never met to accompany him.
“I don’t need to go to another game. I can watch it at home and save my money,” Barchilon said. “But when I saw her I felt like it was bigger than money, it’s a huge moment.”
“It was really cool that he was so sensitive to an older person and another Suns fan because he’s been a Suns fan most of his life,” said Ralph. “He knows how exciting it can be.”
The recent ASU graduate doesn’t want to say how much he spent on tickets, but online prices were $ 600 a seat and hit $ 30,000.
To make the story even better, Jet Limousines of Phoenix offered a free ride for Suns fans to and from the game.
“If I had a granddaughter this age I think he should take her because I would give her to him,” Ralph said. “He’ll be a good catch. There are a lot of good people in the world.”
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