WATCH VIDEO: Hanley Ramirez makes good on home run promise by giving signed jersey to disabled fan
Hanley Ramirez called his shot Monday night and a disabled boy got to go home with a special souvenir.
In a Twitter post after Monday night’s Red-Sox-Marlins game, Ramirez said he had made a promise to the young fan before the game and posted a video of him following through.
“Before the game I promised this kid if I hit a homer I will give him my jersey,” Ramirez wrote. “Promise fulfilled.”
Ramirez smacked a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning off Marlins pitcher Trevor Richards to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead at the time.
Following Boston’s 7-3 win, Ramirez returned to the fan, took off his jersey, signed it and gave it to the boy.
Ramirez gave the fan a hug before heading back to the locker room.
The first baseman told MLB.comafter the moment that his heart went out to the boy.
“Yeah, when you see things like that, that’s life,” Ramirez said. “It can happen to anybody. Little kids born like that, it’s upsetting. But we’ve got to keep it strong mentally. He can’t walk or talk. I told him, ‘If I hit a homer, I’ll give you my jersey.’ So that’s God. I hit that homer.”
Ramirez played in Miami for the Marlins from 2006-2012 before being traded to the Dodgers and eventually ending back up in Boston where he started his career.
The 34-year-old also had family in attendance for Monday’s game. The Red Sox improved to 4-1 to start the season with the win, but the fan may have scored the biggest victory of the night.