Braves rookie calls fan in hospice care to let him know he made the team (video)

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/10847/" data-ylk="slk:Kyle Wright">Kyle Wright</a> let a fan in hospice know he made the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/atlanta/" data-ylk="slk:Braves">Braves</a>. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kyle Wright let a fan in hospice know he made the Braves. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Big things are expected from Atlanta Braves rookie Kyle Wright. After being drafted in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, the 23-year-old Wright quickly rose through the minors to make his major league debut last season.

Despite that, his inclusion on the team’s opening day roster in 2019 was no guarantee. With the Braves relying on a bevy of young pitchers, Wright had to earn his spot in the rotation.

He did just that, and upon hearing the news, Wright decided to let one of his biggest fans know he was going to take the mound for “Sunday Night Baseball.”

Wright called up Randy Byrd, a Braves fan in hospice care, to let Byrd know about the start. Byrd is battling cancer. Wright is hoping Byrd and his family will tune in when Wright takes the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.

Byrd was a season-ticket holder of the Mississippi Braves, the team’s Double-A affiliate. According to the team’s director of communications Chris Harris — who shared the video of the phone call — Wright is Byrd’s favorite player.

When Wright takes the mound for his first major-league start, he’ll be thinking of Byrd. On the phone call, Wright told Byrd he would “try not to let you down” and would “try to pitch good” in the start.


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