In the early start of this MLB season, there have been stories of athletes making children smile and inspiring them. One story is when Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds, hit a home run for their 29-year old bat boy who has down syndrome. Frazier was asked by the bat boy to hit a home run, and he certainly delivered on the request. The next story happened this past weekend. The Phillies held a Teacher Appreciation Night at the ballpark, and that is where Ryan Howard met 7-year old A.J. The young boy has LCA, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, and gave Howard a wristband to wear to spread awareness. A.J. decided told Howard the same thing the bat boy told Frazier, “hit a home run for me.” And guess what? Howard hit a homer later that day to right field.
The act of kindness that most recently occurred was a couple of days ago at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers was told by his third base coach Tim Wallach that someone in the stands wanted to meet him. So, as you can see from the video, Kemp jogs over to the third base line with his coach and meets the young man, who is going through a tough time according to his friend who posted the video. Kemp starts off by signing the ball the kid gave him.
Honestly, I don’t think anyone was expected what he did next. Kemp took off his hat and handed it over. Then came off his jersey and his pair of cleats that were also given to the fan. Everyone in the crowd was cheering for what Matt Kemp was doing for this fan. This is the type of person baseball needs, a giver and a person who cares. I never thought Matt Kemp was this type of person, but he proved me wrong and proved that he cares about his fans and about people that are going through bad times.