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    Ken Griffey Jr is an amazing person. My gf and my sister met him on Face Off at Kings Island and he went well out of his way to get a picture with them, talk with them, and Chief Bender even got the picture signed for her later from Griffey . That was even though his whole family was there. That pales in comparison to this sad story, but the guy is a first rate human being.
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    Reds help ease boy's sadness

    Reds help ease boy's sadness
    Youngster visits ballpark for first time since grandfather's death
    By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com

    Wily Mo Pena entertains 6-year-old Antonio Perez during the boy's visit with the Reds. (David Kohl/AP)

    CINCINNATI -- The memories of the tragedy are likely to stay with Antonio Perez.

    Perhaps, though, they'll be enveloped by memories of a much more positive nature.

    The 6-year-old boy isn't likely to forget attending the Aug. 3 Reds game in which his grandfather, Spencer Brock, suffered a heart attack in the stands and passed away. But Antonio also isn't likely to forget the kindness shown to him by the Great American Ball Park staff and the Reds' players during that traumatic experience.

    As paramedics attempted to save Brock, who was also Antonio's T-ball coach and who had brought the young boy to the game for Tony Perez Bobblehead Night, Antonio was whisked away to the Reds' bullpen, where he sat and watched the last two innings of the Reds' 8-5 win over the Braves.

    When the game ended, Antonio was escorted onto the field. He traded high-fives with the players, then was taken by the hand and brought into the clubhouse.

    The players showered him with gifts, such as bats, balls and wristbands. Felipe Lopez even gave him the batting helmet he wore in this year's All-Star Game.

    "They helped him get his mind off [the tragedy]," said Debbie Brock, Antonio's grandmother. "They were really wonderful with him."

    Antonio and his family, which includes 4-year-old sister Maya and mother Sharon Brock, wanted to find a way to say thank you Wednesday.

    "We brought dozens and dozens of cookies," Debbie said. "We weren't sure what else to do."

    But the players kept giving to the little boy. They bought him a motorized scooter and safety helmet, a PlayStation 2 and various accessories and electronic devices and gave him more autographed balls, bats and gloves. He unwrapped the presents in the middle of the clubhouse after batting practice.

    The boy was understandably leery of returning to Great American Ball Park after everything he had experienced here.

    "He was a little apprehensive about coming here tonight," Debbie said. "Not to meet them, but just the situation. He wanted to go to another stadium."

    But the Reds' players sent him off with plenty of pleasant memories. Antonio played catch with Adam Dunn, stretched with Wily Mo Pena and took some batting practice off Ken Griffey Jr. in the indoor cages.

    "Needless to say, they've been wonderful to him," Brock said.


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    Great story, glad to see things are looking better for this little guy.

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    You guys are killing me.... I don't know them... I haven't had anything like this happen in my family... And i'm crying... Yes... a grown man crying....

    I love my Reds...
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    There's more to baseball than winning.

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    That's great to read...kid will remember that (and all that stuff ) for a long time
    Go Gators!

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    I read the Enquirer's story about that today and the boy asked his mom if they were going to sit in the same place he and his grandpa sat in last time. Also his grandpa was only 49.


    Reds still taking care of Perez
    Boy treated to second round of gifts after grandfather's death

    By John Fay
    Enquirer staff writer

    Antonio Perez, the 6-year-old whose grandfather suffered a fatal heart attack while the two attended the Reds-Braves game Aug. 3, is doing all right.

    "He's good," said his mother, Shannon Brock.

    She wanted to thank the Reds for the part they played in that.

    Antonio, who had come to the game specifically because it was Tony Perez Bobblehead Night, was left in the hands of Reds security personnel - and eventually Reds players - after his grandfather, Spencer Brock, collapsed.

    "We're here to thank them," Shannon Brock said Wednesday before the Reds-Giants game. "We wanted to thank the players personally. ... If not for them, I think Antonio would have been a little bit traumatized."

    On the night her father was stricken, Shannon got a call on her cell phone.

    "It was from a Hamilton County police officer. He said my father had taken ill and we needed to pick up Antonio," she said.

    Shannon, who lives in Hamilton, did not suspect the worst. Spencer Brock, 49, had high blood pressure, so Shannon figured her father might have fainted in the heat. On the way down, she called Christ Hospital and learned what had happened.

    Reds personnel had been careful about what they told Antonio.

    "He didn't know," Shannon said. "He told me, 'Pawpaw fell asleep and they couldn't wake him up.' We told him he went to Heaven and is with Jesus. He understood that."

    Antonio was excited to meet the Reds again Wednesday. On the night of the incident, he got a tour of the clubhouse, as well as gifts of bats, gloves, helmets and balls.

    "He was excited to come back," Shannon said. "But he said, 'Mom, we're not going to sit in those same seats, are we?' "

    After batting practice Wednesday, Jacob Cruz and Wily Mo Peña led Antonio - eyes closed - to the middle of the clubhouse, where awaiting him were two huge gift bags and a miniature replica chopper, complete with an electric motor. The bags were stuffed with youth baseball equipment, plus a personal entertainment system and other goodies.

    "It's been a little overwhelming," Shannon said, "but very nice."
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    Jeeze.....kid was compensated for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KearnsyEars
    Jeeze.....kid was compensated for.
    Doubt it...but I know what you mean.

    28 yrs old and I welted up...friggin Reds and their hugging ways...

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    Just another article i thought some of you all would want to read. It takes a lot to make a 20-year old teary-eyed but this definatly has done it.

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    For those of you who don't want to click:

    Reds already one of season's big winners
    Aug. 18, 2005
    By Scott Miller, CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer

    You know the problem lately?

    We spend so much time cleaning the fungus from the shower-room tile -- Rafael Palmeiro, Kenny Rogers -- that sometimes we forget why we came to the ballpark to begin with.

    Soon enough, the pennant races and the October leaves will remind us.

    For now, there is Bill Summe, Ken Griffey Jr. and a struggling bunch of fifth-place Cincinnati Reds.

    And when it comes to what baseball is and what it should be, well, good luck to October in topping this one.

    Summe doesn't play a position with the Reds, unless you know the corresponding number to mark on the scorecard -- 10? 11? -- for a public safety security officer. But when he was summoned into the middle of a crisis in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park during a game earlier this month, he moved as deftly as Davey Concepcion ever did.

    A man had collapsed as the Reds were playing the Atlanta Braves and, as paramedics feverishly worked to revive him -- they couldn't; Spencer Brock, 49, passed away later that night from a heart attack -- one of the officers handed a little boy to Summe.

    One look at the man and Summe, a policeman in Cincinnati's Springfield Township since 1992, knew it wasn't good. So he and Sarah McManus, a colleague in the Reds security office, took little Antonio Perez, 6, and walked him away from his stricken grandfather as quickly as they could.

    "He looked at me and asked, 'Is my Pawpaw going to be all right?'" said Summe, 39. "I knew from my years of experience as a police officer that the guy didn't have much of a chance. They were administering CPR, and I said 'We'll do everything we can.'

    "I didn't realize at that point that he was only with his grandfather. I figured they had his grandmother or some others with them."

    They didn't. It was Tony Perez Bobblehead Doll night at Great American Ball Park, and when you're a 6-year-old boy named Antonio Perez in Cincinnati -- where the Hall of Famer had spent most of his career -- well, don't you have a solemn duty to be at the ballpark on a night like that? So he and grandpa went to the game. Just the two of them, a night out, part of a terrific crowd of 37,157 and, well, there's always so much that happens that the box score doesn't tell.

    Mostly, Summe simply wanted to get little Antonio away from the seat, away from the section, away from the crowd. They walked up to the concourse first. They weren't too far from the Reds bullpen. So Summe walked him there, told bullpen coach Tom Hume what was going on and asked if it would be OK if the two of them could kind of hide away in there for a while.

    "I wanted to get the child's mind off of it," Summe said.

    When an overwhelmed 6-year-old in a stadium swelled with people, noise and lights, a boy you're pretty sure has just lost his grandfather, looks up at you and asks, "How am I going to get home?" well, not every situation is in the security manual.

    So into the bullpen it was. Word quickly spread, and Cincinnati reliever Randy Keisler plopped little Antonio down next to him on the bench.

    Toward the end of the game, an 8-5 Reds victory, Griffey, from his position in center field, looked over and noticed the little boy.

    "What's up?" Junior asked.

    Nobody was quite sure what would happen next. Summe knew one thing: He didn't feel it was his place to tell Antonio that his grandfather was gravely ill, or worse. But he sure didn't want to lie to the boy, either.

    That's another reason they were in the bullpen instead of back in the stadium security office.

    "If we were back in our office, I was afraid he'd overhear what had happened over the radio," Summe said.

    So the game ended, and as it did, Griffey first veered back toward the bullpen before trotting back toward the infield. He instructed Summe and Antonio to follow him, they were going onto the field.

    "Win or lose, he was coming in the clubhouse," Griffey told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    Next thing the boy knew, he was in line toward the pitcher's mound, high-fiving with the rest of the Reds players following the win.

    And then, the clubhouse.

    "Junior spent half an hour or longer with him," Summe said. "Jason La Rue gave him a bat and a computer bag so he'd have something to hold all of the stuff. Felipe Lopez gave him the batting helmet he used in the All-Star Game.

    "The thing is, we all pretty much have kids. We wanted to make sure the child was OK, because he was scared."

    Imagine. After a blooper of a summer, the Reds storm back to stage the perfect rally.

    Antonio's grandmother and stepfather picked him up later that night, and their tear-stained faces told him all he needed to know.

    And that would pretty much be the end of the story, until ...

    Wednesday, the family returned to Great American Ball Park because Antonio's mother, Shannon, and grandmother, Debbie -- along with Antonio's stepdad and 4-year-old sister, Maya -- wanted to thank the Reds. They brought homemade chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies to the security office, and then they moved along to thank the players.

    Griffey again took Antonio onto the field, this time for batting practice before the Reds' game with the San Francisco Giants. In fact, Griffey himself threw some pitches to Antonio. Wily Mo Pena showed Antonio how the big guys stretch before a game.

    Then, they had Antonio close his eyes as they led him back into the clubhouse. There, led by Jacob Cruz and Pena, the Reds gave him some wrapped presents -- a motorized scooter and safety helmet, a PlayStation 2 and other accessories and electronic devices and some bats, balls and gloves.

    "It was pretty neat," Summe said. "Right in the middle of the clubhouse, all the players gathered around him as he opened his presents."

    Antonio's reaction?

    "In awe would be the best way to describe it," Summe said. "His hero now is Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey reached into his locker and took out a brand new glove and handed it to him.

    "Ken does this kind of stuff all the time, he just doesn't like to make waves with it. He's like the canoe paddling out there in smooth water."

    The Reds at midweek were 54-66, 22 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central, trailing even Milwaukee in the division standings. They fired manager Dave Miley earlier this season and they're being second-guessed -- deservedly -- for some of their offseason moves.

    Yet given the organization's nimble reaction on as bad a night in human terms as you could imagine ... anybody want to dare suggest that the Reds aren't having a successful season?

    "Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn

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    I was having a conversation with my friend about this the other day...we often don't acknowledge the truly and genuinely compassionate people in life often enough, because the things they do often fly compeltely under the radar. They do so not because they aren't important or because they aren't special...but because the people who perform acts of kindness and genorosity out of the goodness of the heart do so for the act itself, not as a method of generating "good publicity" or making a good "photo op." They'll often do so quietly and with little fanfare, taking to heart what a wiser man than I once said: "let your right hand not know what your left is doing."

    Reading this story makes gets me misty eyed...but it also makes me smile, because I know that for every 1 story like this that gets reported (and there is usually 1 every few years), there are probably a dozen that never see a headline or a newspaper page. It makes me feel good that I show up in the stands and root for players who, while not being the most successful on the field, are good citizens and have some semblence of priorities in their lives.

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