As you know, David Ortiz struck out four times on Sunday. Given the state of things and the heat coming down on him, it had to be a rough day.
That's what makes this e-mail from a Red Sox fan named Jeremy worth sharing. A Missouri resident, he took his family to the game and found himself in the hallway outside the clubhouse afterward.
His daughter Jordan, who turns 3 in July, counts David as her favorite player and named her rocking horse after him. I'll let Jeremy tell the rest of the story ...
"Several players made their way to the elevator without even a hello. Then emerged Ortiz, and instinctively my little girl says "Big Papi"! After a rough game and I am sure tough questioning, he stopped, turned around, and came over to my little girl. He spoke, signed a ball for her and left with at least one moment of a smile on his face.
"Despite the weight of the 'Red Sox Nation' on his shoulders, he found a way to touch the life of a young fan that he will never know the importance of. ... In our eyes, he is a person to look up to and can only hope he finds the happiness he once had smacking the ball around the yard."
I have no idea whether David will recapture his form as a player or not. But anybody who is nice to kids is somebody deserving of your support because — and this is a shame — not every player is.
Thanks for the e-mail, Jeremy, and here's hoping Jordan enjoys watching her favorite player this season.