May 4, 2013
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard belts homer for blind boy
By QMI Agency
During Teacher Appreciation night in Philly, A.J., a seven-year-old boy suffering from Leber congenital amaurosis, nominated his Braille teacher to receive recognition prior to Friday night’s game against the visiting Miami Marlins.
Before the game, A.J. and his teacher were introduced to Howard on the field, where the young Phillies fan exchanged high-fives with the two-time National League home run champ.
In addition to presenting Howard with a bracelet, which Howard donned during the game, A.J. had one more favour to ask.
“I told him, I want you to hit a home run tonight,” A.J. told MLB.com. “Just for this.”
In his first at bat, Howard did just that, belting a frozen rope over the right field fence to send A.J. home with a smile that likely still hasn’t left his face.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s probable for me,’” A.J. said.
The Phillies went on to beat the Marlins 4-1.