Stone-Cold Proof That Baseball Is Awesome
This story will warm every inch of your frozen little heart.
Meet Ted Kremer.
Teddy was born with Down syndrome and became an honorary bat boy for the Cincinnati Reds after his parents won a silent auction at a fundraiser. The gig was only supposed to be for one night last August, but things changed. Kremer's joyful personality and passion for the game made a lasting impression; he was invited to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in February and partake in the festivities of the Opening Day Parade.
And on Thursday night, he was back in the dugout. The Cincinnatti Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reported that Kremer asked for three things: "11 runs, 11 strikeouts for free pizza and a Todd Frazier home run."
All three wishes came true. In the sixth inning before an at-bat, Kremer said to Frazier, "C'mon, hit me a home run, I love you." Frazier's response? "I love you too, I'll hit you one." And then he did.
The Reds won 11-1, including 11 strikeouts, meaning that the crowd got free pizza in addition to a hell of a show.
And Kremer? Kremer went home happy.
It gets better: the wristband he's wearing here was a gift from Frazier.