Friday, April 19, 2013

Video: Batboy Teddy Kremer embraces Todd Frazier after home run

Great American Ball Park was a happy place to be Thursday night if you were a fan of the Reds. Especially if you were honorary bat boy Teddy Kremer.

Kremer, who has Down syndrome, could be seen at various times throughout the game in the dugout cheering loudly and proudly for his beloved Reds while diligently handling the duties of his bat boy position, as well.

But Kremer really became excited when Todd Frazier blasted a 421-foot home run to straight away center field in the sixth inning. Watch as Kremer greets Frazier at the plate with a pair of high fives and a smile that would make even the coldest of souls turn warm. Moments later, the camera caught the two giving each other a huge celebratory hug, and then proceeded to follow Kremer who continue to relish in Cincinnati's offensive outburst.

“It was great how excited — that look,” Frazier said. “I started smiling even before I hit home plate because I knew it. They said he forgot to pick the bat up, so the umpire was yelling at him. It was such a great a great guy. You can’t get mad — even if you have a terrible day. How can you be mad when you’ve got a guy like that around?”

This wasn't the first time Kremer has brought good fortune to the Reds.

“Teddy’s awesome, this is the second time he’s been the batboy since I’ve been here,” shortstop Zack Cozart said. “Last year, I think we scored like seven runs when he was here and this year we get 11. He just brings a lot of joy, he’s always happy, running around, telling everyone ‘great job.’ He’s telling Frazier to hit a home run and he does it. It’s little stuff like that, he keeps the dugout pretty positive.”

Aside from winning over the players, Kremer also won the affection of numerous Reds fans via Twitter. Countless tweets were sent out during the game praising Kremer for his inspiring story and upbeat attitude. A couple of fans even started a campaign to urge the team to hire Kremer as a full-time bat boy.

“It was pretty special and something I’ll always remember, because he’s such a nice guy,” Frazier said.

Kremer's positive attitude and energy helped the Reds cruise to an 11-1 victory. It marked the fourth straight win for the reigning division champions.

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