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Chris Price stands beside Beth Venegas, a friend and registered nurse who administered the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging food from his throat that had completely blocked his airway.
That's what friends are for

As soon as he swallowed, Chris Price knew he had literally bitten off more of the steak sandwich than he could chew.

But, with several friends and hundreds of other people crowded around him at dinner tables at Louisville Slugger Field, spitting the morsel out was not an option, he decided.

“I was too embarrassed to spit it out in my hand in front of everybody, so I decided to try to swallow it again,” he said.

At that point, the steak, which had hung together by gristle, was partly down his esophagus attached to more in his mouth.