The Cincinnati Reds had a guest bat boy named Ted Kremer, a 30-year-old with Down syndrome, for their game on Thursday night in Cincinnati. Ted performed his duties flawlessly and was also the recipient of a special granted wish. Before the game Ted had asked third baseman Todd Frazier to hit a home run for him.
“He’s so funny, he said, ‘C’mon, hit me a home run, I love you.’ I said, ‘I love you too, I’ll hit you one.”
In the sixth inning Kremer got his wish when Frazier launched a 421-foot home run which you can see below.
Frazier knew as he rounded the bases that Kremer would be the first person to greet him, and he was.
“It was great how excited — that look,” Frazier said. “I started smiling even before I hit home plate because I knew it. They said he forgot to pick the bat up, so the umpire was yelling at him. It was such a great a great guy. You can’t get mad — even if you have a terrible day. How can you be mad when you’ve got a guy like that around?”
In a rough and emotional time around the United States, it is calming and reassuring to see something like this.