Saturday, August 06, 2005

The Reds

Reds' Players Comfort Boy After Grandfather Dies At Game

POSTED: 2:24 pm EDT August 5, 2005
UPDATED: 2:30 pm EDT August 5, 2005

A tragic situation at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game this week might have been even worse for a 6-year-old boy, if not for the efforts of the team.

Players rallied around the boy after his grandfather collapsed in the stands and died.

While paramedics were working on his grandfather, a security officer took Antonio Perez to the Reds' bullpen. The boy sat with the players for the last two innings.

When the game ended, outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. went and got him.

The boy took part as players exchanged high-fives to celebrate their 8-5 win over Atlanta. Then he then joined them in the clubhouse, where the players showered him with gifts and entertained him until his parents arrived.

Griffey told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "We just tried to make a bad situation a little better."


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