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Young Indians fan presented Dustin Pedroia with supportive sign spotted in Red Sox dugout

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Young Dylan Fantone came to Progressive Field on Tuesday night all decked out in his Nick Swisher jersey and a Cleveland Indians cap.

He also came with a message of support for the city Boston and one special declaration.

For that one night, the loyal fan of the Tribe was going to root not only for the home team, but also the visiting Boston Red Sox as a show of solidarity and support to the players and their city in the wake of Monday's Boston Marathon tragedy.

He backed it up by stamping the Indians logo on his left cheek and the Red Sox logo on his right. He also came carrying an awesome homemade sign that read: “From our city, to your city. Our hearts and prayers go out to you Boston. Love, Cleveland.”

You may have noticed that sign in the Red Sox dugout on Tuesday. That's because star second baseman Dustin Pedroia spotted the young fan during batting practice, greeted him with a high five and, according to NESN, was given the sign to hang in their dugout.

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If that scene doesn't give you goosebumps and put a smile on your face, I don't know what will. What a wonderful gesture by that child and his family, and equally so by Pedroia to acknowledge Dylan and make him special.

According to Dylan's father, Bryan Fantone, that's exactly how he felt, too, when he saw his picture posted prominently in the dugout.

“My wife showed [my son, Dylan,] the picture,” Fantone wrote, “and his first words were, ‘I hope we made them feel better mom.’ “

I can assure Dylan Fantone his message did that and a whole lot more for those players and the rest of us looking for something positive to focus on as we attempt to make sense of and recover from the horrific events. I think we should thank Dylan and Dustin both for their thoughtfulness and compassion under these circumstances and for helping us understand the true meaning of Boston Strong.

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