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Robby's choice: Would you have thrown back Pablo Sandoval's homer?

Game 4 was all but decided with two outs remaining in the top of the ninth inning, but Robby Miles still had a choice to make.

Pablo Sandoval had just sent a Fernando Salas fastball careening off a wall behind the Cardinals bullpen and into the aisle next to Section 509, where Miles dove on the ground and claimed it in a scrum.

The right-field stands, momentarily silenced by Sandoval's long ball, soon picked up a familiar chant:

"Throw it back! Throw it back! Throw it back!"

Miles thought about granting their wish, but quickly changed his mind after a nearby security guard reminded him of baseball's universal "you toss it, we toss you" policy.

"He said he was going to kick me out," Miles said. "I feel like it would have got the crowd going pretty good, but look at this, it's crazy."

Indeed, at that very moment, Matt Carpenter squeezed Hunter Pence's popup and Busch erupted with both actual fireworks and the explosive elation of 45,000-plus watching their team officially move within one win of the World Series.

A Giants fan offered Miles $20 for the ball on his way out of the park, but the Jerseyville, Ill. native, a college student who skipped class Thursday after a buddy scored cheap tickets to the game, said he'd need at least a C-note to consider parting with his prize.

"I don't know," he said. "I think it's got more sentimental value than the price on it. You know what I mean?"

-- Ian Kay/MLB.com

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