Brandon Belt Promised a 12-Year-Old Cancer Survivor a Home Run, So He Hit Her a Home Run (Video)
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt broke his thumb back on May 9 after getting hit by a pitch. He had surgery shortly after that, and the pins from that surgery were removed in early June. However, Belt only got back into action for the first time last week, when he joined the Single-A San Jose Giants for two games.
Now Belt has moved on to the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies. However, he left one hell of an impression in San Jose.
On Friday night, a 12-year-old named Lyndsey Dworking threw out the first pitch at the San Jose Giants game. Lyndsey was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year, and since then has undergone 31 bouts of radiation treatment and nine rounds of chemotherapy. If anyone is deserving of such an honor, it’s her.
However, Lyndsey got a little something extra on Friday. When Brandon Belt saw her take the mound in a Brandon Belt t-shirt, he knew he had to go say hello to her. However, while chatting with Lyndsey he felt an instant connection, and that connection prompted him to promise to hit her a home run.
Obviously, that’s a bold offer for a guy recovering from a broken thumb, especially with witnesses present.
“I thought, ‘What a sweet thing to say. He seems like a nice guy,’ ” said Lyndsey’s mom.
“I thought, ‘C’mon, Brandon. A home run? Maybe promise a single,’ ” said Juliana Paoli, chief marketing officer for the San Jose Giants.
But sure enough, in the first inning, Belt blasted a towering home run.
That ball is now at the Dworking family’s home, and it has an inscription: To Lyndsey, my good luck charm. —Brandon Belt.
Seriously, how awesome is that?
Hat Tip – [San Jose Mercury News]