Oakland Athletics Inspired by 11-Year-Old Boston Marathon Bomb Victim

By Michael Terrill
Oakland Athletics Inspired by 11-Year-Old Boston Marathon Bomb Victim
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick, first baseman Brandon Moss and first base coach Tye Waller made sure to visit one of the team’s biggest fans before their Monday night game against the Boston Red Sox.

Aaron Hern, an 11-year-old who is one of several Boston Marathon Bomb victims, got the luxury of seeing a couple of his favorite players enter his Boston Children’s Hospital room. After undergoing three surgeries to repair his numerous shrapnel wounds, including a significant one to his left thigh, getting the opportunity to laugh with players from his favorite team was as meaningful as it gets.

Hern is from Martinez, Calif., close to where the Athletics call home. He was with his family at the Boston Marathon to root on his mother, who was running in the race. Aaron’s father, sister and mother were all fine, but unfortunately, he was unable to avoid the explosion from the second bomb.

Reddick, Moss and Waller all agreed that it was a very moving experiencing to see the incredibly brave junior high student. In fact, they all knew their visit would have a huge impact on Aaron, but none of them was aware of how he would impact them. There is no question no one in Aaron’s hospital room will forget the moment they shared together.

“He’s definitely into sports,” Waller said, according to MercuryNews.com. “He can play, and he said he watched some of our series with Houston before all this happened. I came out of there with the sense that he’ll be OK.

“I told them they made my day, and they really did. Knowing that he’s going to be OK after all the surgeries made us feel good. I think we came out of there with them making us feel better rather than the other way around. I guarantee you that family will be OK.”

The fact that Reddick, Moss and Waller decided to check up on Aaron is very special, especially since it is something they did not have to do. Regardless of one’s favorite Major League Baseball team, there is no disputing this was a class act by the Athletics.

Hopefully, the team will be able to invite Aaron and his family to a game this summer where the entire organization can meet the courageous boy.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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