"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
OT: A feel good story. Reds player homers for bat boy with Down's syndrome
What I love about a story like this is it reminds me of the classic Babe Ruth story about hitting homers for a sick kid. Great to see it still happening today.
It reminds me of the classic Kids in the Hall sketch "The Home Run", except, you know, marginally more wholesome. (relevant bit starts @ 1:50)
It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with Kramer and the child in the hospital.
Seriously though, job well done by the Reds and what an experience for Frazier being able to completely make someone's day.
OP needs to be edited just to include this photo - 1,000 words and all that:
Well the video after the words is worth a view.
Toms River, NJ native and little league world series all star a la '98 I believe? Also kicked a lot of ass at Rutgers.
On a personal note, I drafted him in the very last round of our fantasy draft purely based off of me rembering him fr the little league world series andhe is tearing it up right now!
The reaction of Ted Kremer, the batboy, was great to watch - and there is a very heartwarming story behind how he got to be the batboy initially last year. Ted's story is in the Cincinnati Enquirer here - it's from last September, but I remember this when I saw the thread. It's a great read and talks about how the Reds have been the better for the experience.
Interestingly, Todd Frazier was the same person who hit one of the more bizarre home runs in the majors last year - doing so without apparently having the bat physically in hand. This year, he's hit one of the more meaningful ones.
Thanks for sharing this story.
That is awesome. After such a rough week, every little ray of sunshine is welcomed.
Mad props. Go Blue!
What a heart warming video. That gave me a smile that is sure to last a few days. The bat boy's reaction is absolutely priceless.
He was a batboy for a Reds game in 2012, as well...and loved so much, he was invited back this year. I think the Reds should offer him a permanent spot on their payroll.
Teddy's a much better Reds' fan than I am. I get upset, throw things, curse, etc., when the Reds lose (or make mistakes -- like Chapman's gopher ball in the top of the 9th last night), but Teddy is just all positive, all smiles, all the time. People could really learn from his example.