I don’t know if I’m getting older, sappier, or both … but this story of kindness and baseball magic has me feeling all kinds of ways. I’ll let the video – and attendant article – do most of the talking, but the short version goes like this:
Earlier this season, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was hitless for a record-breaking 62 consecutive plate appearances. Obviously, that sort of unfavorable notoriety is bad enough in its own right, but when projected upon his former offensive dominance and massive $161 million deal … well, things looked a whole lot worse.
Davis did eventually break the streak, but it wasn’t just any old day at the ballpark, when it happened. That day at Fenway Park – April 13 – is when a 9-year-old Red Sox fan by the name of Henry Frasca wrote Davis a letter, urging him to believe in himself and not forget how good of a player/person he is. Henry managed to get the letter into the Orioles dugout and eventually to Davis, himself, who threw it in his back pocket before the game.
And the rest, as they say, is history …