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.