Small Child Asks Baseball Player To Hit Home Run For Him, Baseball Player Hits Three
He managed that objective, and then some.
Prior to the game, McGehee had been chatting with a young fan named Clayton who was on the field as part of a team-sponsored promotion. As kids are wont to do, he soon clammed up and wouldn't ask the Brewers' third baseman a question, prompting his father to suggest jokingly to McGehee "Why don’t you hit a home run for him?"
Marred in a season-long slump with only five homers on the year, McGehee — in what at the time seemed a savvy maneuver — renegotiated the request, explaining "If it was that easy, I’d have had more by now. So how about let’s go for I don’t screw anything up today?"
Turns out, the whole thing would have made for a much smoother story had McGehee just taken the original deal. Why? He belted a career-best three home runs to propel Milwaukee to a 10-5 win and extend the Brewers' lead over the second-place Cardinals in the NL Central to 3.5 games. In doing so, he became only the 11th player in franchise history to record a three-homer game.
McGehee had no luck finding Clayton after the game to thank him, but says he plans to eventually reward him with the ball from his third home run.
“We’re trying to track Clayton down. I want to bring him to Houston with me. I want to get him a locker."
All things considered, if there's anyone who should be given a locker, it's probably Clayton's father, who voiced the original proposition in the first place. But sometimes you just have to sacrifice the details and go with whatever makes for the better feel-good story.
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