The most expensive tickets to a game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., cost $33, but it cost South Carolina car salesman David Roth much more to be there.
Roth quit his job as a salesman at Steve White VW-Audi in Greer, S.C., to watch his son Michael pitch for the University of South Carolina.
"They were like, "You know, you don't have any vacation days,'" Michael Roth told the Associated Press last week. "He said, "I've got to go out there to Omaha,' so he just quit."
When Michael Roth pitched June 19 against Texas Tech, his dad was there. The pitcher gave up just four hits in 7 1/3 innings, and his team won.
"It was pretty special considering it was Father's Day," Michael Roth said.
Marc White, general manager of the Audi dealership, said in a statement that dealership employees "work as a team" in order to ensure they each get to spend time with their families.
"David's peers worked diligently on Fridays and some Saturdays (our two busiest days) to provide David the time off he needed so he could watch his son play baseball," White said in the statement. "The decision to terminate employment with our organization was entirely David Roth's."
Late last week, Michael Roth's team was still in contention in Omaha.
Calls to David Roth's home were not returned. There was no indication late last week that he had found another job.