The world changed pretty quickly for Kolt Kyler, the 9-year-old star of that viral video showing his heart-warming reaction when he was surprised with tickets to his first game at Wrigley Field. Kolt went from talking to his dad in the family’s barn in Pierceton, Indiana, to fielding offers of gifts from Chicago Cubs stars and getting attention from news outlets all across the country.
The video caught the attention of so many because of the pure joy of the moment. Kolt, a diehard Cubs fan, broke down in tears when he received the tickets from his father, Andy. Andy commended his son for working hard at school, at baseball, on the family farm and at 4-H. He then told Kolt that they’d need to do something else and it would take all day. He asked Kolt if he wanted to do it. It could have easily been more work, but Kolt immediately said “Yes.” Turned out, the task was going to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game. An overwhelmed Kolt can be seen in the video saying, “Me and Daddy are going to Wrigley Field” through his tears.
Kolt’s older sister Hannah Himes is the one who shared the video on Twitter, sparking all the attention. She told The Stew on Thursday: “He’s so excited! After hearing all the kind words he said, ‘You guys, I think this needs to slow down. I just think I’m getting too much stuff and attention.”
Wow, what a guy!
In the three days since Yahoo Sports first published Kolt’s story, he’s caught the attention of Cubs stars Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, who have both tweeted about Kolt. So did David Ross, the retired Cubs catcher who is currently on “Dancing With The Stars.” Rizzo, for one, said he’d having batting-practice passes waiting for Kolt when he comes to the game in June.
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) April 20, 2017
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester also offered Kolt and Andy his personal seats for the game. Other Cubs fans have offered parking passes and souvenirs.
“I’m very shocked,” said Himes. “I wasn’t necessarily hoping it would take off, I just wanted the Cubs to see it and spread some positivity.”
And it’s certainly resonating in Pierceton, which has a population of just over 1,000.
“Everyone just thinks it’s neat. He’s been referred to as a celebrity once or twice,” Himes says. “The coolest part is to hear our small little town of Pierceton being mentioned on TV. And interacting with MLB players is pretty cool too.”
Himes and her brothers have been going back and forth with the Cubs Twitter account, re-enacting GIFs of Bryant and Rizzo, which is fantastic on its own.
— Hannah Himes (@HannahHimes) April 19, 2017
That re-enactment alone is worth some free tickets — for Hannah and the rest of the family too — if you ask us.
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