On Tuesday, at Dodgers Stadium, while the future Hall of Fame pitcher Clayton Kershaw was talking with reporters, a 10-year-old boy named Blake Grice approached the Dodgers pitcher to inform him that his late grandfather had wanted to meet him.
The grandfather died because of brain cancer. Therefore, Grice decided to accomplish his grandfather's goals. Grice approached Kershaw to meet him. After Kershaw had finished his interview with the media, Grice noticed Grice waiting for him. Grice said to Kershaw:
“I want to tell you a quick little story. My grandfather loved you. He watched the 1988 series, and he wanted to meet you and [Dodgers announcer] Vin Scully one day.”
For those who haven’t heard, Vince Scully is one of the most famous sports announcers of all time.
Grice described the importance of having a meeting with Kershaw:
“So this moment is important to me because I’m meeting you for him. He was from Rodando Beach, and some years ago, he died from brain cancer.”
Grice began to cry when Kershaw began to speak to him. Kershaw left the podium and hugged him. Kershaw stated to Grice:
“It’s great to meet you,” Kershaw told Grice, adding it “took a lot of courage” to tell his story.
As for the All-Star Game, the American League beat the National League 3-2. New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton scored two runs batted in, and Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton scored the last run that was batted in at the All-Star game.
Clayton Kershaw was the pitcher for the National League who started the game. He did not allow any runs, however, his teammate, Tony Gonsolin, allowed three runs in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers star center fielder Mookie Betts scored the team's first hit and St. Louis Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run which provided the National League an early 2-0 advantage. However, thanks the American League big bats, they took the lead during the fourth inning and beat the Dodgers.
Grice is already considering a media career. He recently spoke with the sports journalist Arash Markazi. Grice told Markazi:
“I really feel like he was just helping me calm down my senses, cause I was very emotional,” Grice said. “He’s a nice guy, and he wanted to help me get through that moment.”
No matter where his journey takes him, it appears that Grice is destined for an exciting future in the sport world.