Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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Every so often, we forget about how good we have it in this world. From the cars we drive to the phones we use every day, most of us have been blessed to be where we are. It is because of my blessed life that it breaks my heart when I hear about 12-year-old cancer survivor, Lyndsey Dworkin, from Mountain View, California that went through 31 rounds of radiation and nine rounds of chemotherapy. As much as this young lady has went through, it is nice to see her dreams come true after her favorite baseball player made a gigantic promise, and kept it.
Before the San Jose Giants took on the Visalia Oaks this past Friday night, Dworkin, in her Brandon Belt t-shirt, was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Luckily for her, Belt, the everyday first basemen for the San Francisco Giants, happened to be on a rehab assignment that night and after Dworkin threw out the first pitch, Belt ran out to talk to her. After the hellos were made and the discussion had ended, Belt said, “I’m going to hit a home run for you.” Short of Babe Ruth’s exact promise almost a century ago, very few ball players make a guarantee like that, but Belt did and he didn’t let her down.
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Belt stepped up to the plate and cashed in on his promise with a high and deep shot over the right field fence at San Jose’s Municipal Stadium. The home run ball was retrieved and after Belt signed it and wrote, “To Lyndsey, My Good Luck Charm,” the ball was given to its rightful owner. When Dworkin woke up the next day, she thought it was all just a dream, but luckily for Dworkin, she met one of the good guys in baseball that went out of his way to do something special for the cancer survivor.
Now we all know that Belt’s homer was about 50% talent and 50% luck, because if it were all talent, Belt would be batting around .400 in the majors with 30+ dingers. At a clip of .264, Belt is by no means Miggy Cabrera, but he is definitely a young and serviceable first baseman for San Francisco. Regardless of his batting average and home run total, Belt did something that many others wouldn’t do. He made a promise and even though there was a chance that he couldn’t follow through, Belt knew if it paid off that he would not only help the Giants, but make young Lyndsey Dworkin’s day one to remember.
The San Jose Giants did defeat the Visalia Oaks on that memorable night, but the Giants weren’t the true winners. The real winners are Lyndsey Dworkin and Brandon Belt who created a special bond over one swing of the bat that will never be broken. On behalf of ‘Our Sports Report’, congratulations to Lyndsey for taking down the big C and a special thank you to Brandon Belt for being one of the few good guys left in baseball. The true baseball fans will never forget it.
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