A tip of the hat and a nod of great thanks is due to baseball superstar and legend, Albert Pujols, of the Los Angeles Angels. In the ninth inning of last Tuesday’s Angels-Blue Jays game a young fan, with Down syndrome, caught the eye of the slugger and captured a piece of his heart as well.
Joe Squarini, of Florida and his son Nico were at the game and around the top of the 9th Nico caught the first baseman’s eye. The little fan was holding out a pen in hopes that Pujols would sign his jersey. In a video that has gone viral Pujols did just that….and more, taking the shirt off his back and giving to Nico then lifting him up get a picture with the super fan.
Pujols is a three-time National League MVP, a nine-time All-Star, a six-time Silver Slugger and a two-time Gold Glove Winner. But, last week he may have given the greatest award ever to a super fan whose dad said later on Twitter, “you made our night. Nico will never forget you.” Chances are good Albert will remember the young fan too.
The Pujols Family Foundation was founded in 2005 to honor their daughter who has Down syndrome. According to their website, The Pujols Family Foundation is a national not-for-profit agency that exists to honor God and strengthen families through our works, deeds and examples. Our Mission is to live and share our commitment to faith, family and others. To promote awareness, provide hope and meet tangible needs for children and families who live with Down syndrome.
The Angels did win that night. But, odds are Nico considers himself the biggest winner. Thanks Albert for the reminder of the moments and memories that matter!