Before the Los Angeles Dodgers took down the San Diego Padres by a 2-1 score Saturday night, Skip Schumaker hosted 7-year-old Oscar Juarez at Dodger Stadium. Schumaker escorted Juarez, who has leukemia, and his 5-year-old brother around the home clubhouse and onto the field. The visit was arranged by a local pediatric charity.
Schumaker introduced the boys to Yasiel Puig, who immediately dropped to his knees so he could take a picture with his arms around them. The boys moved along, but soon Puig came chasing after them, so he could give them each a pair of batting gloves.
Then, after the boys headed onto the field to watch batting practice, Puig found them and charged over one more time, this time to give them an autographed bat.
As for the game, Puig went 0 for 4 with a walk (!) and a caught stealing. Schumaker went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Puig did contribute another highlight, though, on defense:
That might be one of the best plays he makes all season. From that depth in the outfield, with him moving laterally when he made the throw home on one hop ... just amazing.
But the play by Puig and those hits by Schumaker pale in comparison to their collective pregame work with the Juarez boys. It's unlikely the first time they've ever hosted an ill child, nor the last. It's just ... good job, guys.
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