Kid Flips Script, Sends Andrew McCutchen Amazing Heartfelt Souvenir
This past summer the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen visited Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to spend some time with the kids. An athlete never really knows what impact he has on a child in situations like that, but in this case, with this one young man, he has a pretty good idea.
One of the patients McCutchen visited was Matt Graeber, who was receiving treatment for a brain abscess. Graeber is now "feeling better" and back playing his first love, baseball. He hit three home runs in September for his Connie Mack team, and sent one of the balls to McCutchen, with a note. That bit of heartfelt turnaround was, said McCutchen, one of the most touching gestures he's ever received. And certainly the most important autographed ball.
Dear Andrew McCutchen,
This summer I suffered a brain abscess and spent most of my time in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. During my stay I was lucky enough to meet you when you visited to do art with the kids. Every night I looked forward to watching the Pirates and was thrilled to know you were coming to visit. Baseball is my favorite sport and I was not sure if I would ever be able to play again. Your visit helped inspire me to get better.
I am [feeling] better now and playing baseball again. This past weekend I played two games and hit three home runs. I am sending my first home run ball to you as a thank you.
Thank you again for the visit and picture you drew me in the hospital.
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