The Seattle Mariners' recent trip to Minute Maid Park in Houston featured a cycle and a starting pitcher taking a loss after six no-hit innings, but those historical rarities were clearly overshadowed in the eyes of a young fan named Lyle Raymond.
At some point during Saturday's game, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager lost control of his bat on a swing and ended up tossing it into the stands. The bat actually struck Raymond, but thankfully he was uninjured. The young fan then offered to give Seager's bat back to him, and his reason for doing was pretty awesome. It was included in a letter Lyle Raymond recently wrote to Seager, which was shared on Twitter by his wife, Julie Seager.
Kyle just got the sweetest letter in the mail from the little boy who got hit by his bat in Houston. pic.twitter.com/iqzShRC8I8
— Julie Seager (@JulieSeager15) August 2, 2013
In case you're struggling with the small print, it reads:
My name is Lyle Raymond, Your bat landed on me. I am OK. Thanks for giving me the thumbs up when you were on first base. I like the Astros but will cheer you on too. I gave back your bat because you had a big hitting streak with that bat. I hope you have more with that bat.
If that doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will. To think a young fan gets hit with a bat and has the opportunity to keep a pretty cool souvenir, but his first thought is to give it back because he realized Seager had a 15-game hitting streak. A streak that actually ended on that very night, by the way.
Not only is young Lyle Raymond very knowledgeable, he's also very thoughtful. Never change that attitude, Lyle!