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One of those children, Anthony Slocumb, told Davis that he was his favorite player and asked him for an autograph. Davis responded with an autograph request of his own: “Sure, do you want to sign my jersey?”
Davis proudly wore the jersey during the game.
He then proceeded to smash a baseball an estimated 438 feet over the left-center-field wall for his 37th home run of the season. After the game, he told MLB.com’s Jane Lee that he was thinking of the kid while rounding the bases:
“There was a lot of emotion,” Davis said. “I just wanted to put a smile on his face and thought maybe it would mean something if I had my jersey signed by him, just to know what that feels like to be in my shoes for a split second.
“I thought about him around the bases. There’s not a better feeling than hitting a home run, so hopefully he got some excitement and joy from watching that.
The Associated Press talked to Slocumb to hear the story from his side. And it’s as cute as you’d expect:
What a cool moment for both Davis and Slocumb — one that neither of them will ever forget.
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