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Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick visit Boston Marathon bombing victim

Apr 22, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

Moss Reddick Waller AP AP

According to John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick of the Athletics visited a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings prior to their game against the Red Sox this evening. Athletics third base coach Tye Waller also made the trip.

Moss, Reddick, and Waller went to the Boston Children’s Hospital to see 11-year-old Aaron Hern, who is from the Oakland area. Hern was standing near the second blast last Monday while watching his mom run the Marathon. He has already undergone three surgeries as the result of his injuries.

While they went there to put a smile on Hern’s face, Reddick explained that they walked away from the visit genuinely touched by the experience.

“I think we were there to help him forget,” Reddick said. “He had a big smile and to see his face light up when we got there was just tremendous.

“By the time we left, I felt I got more out of it than he did. What happened really put things in perspective.”

Good on you, fellas. The Athletics hope to honor Hern and his family later this summer during a game at the O.co Coliseum.

  1. mudhead123 - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    He thought a homeless man came to visit when he saw reddick

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      While the observation is valid, and at other times may rise to the level of a joke….

      Mean-spirited jokes aren’t going to be well received in a situation like this.

      Good guys doing good deeds. Can’t hate.

    • clydeserra - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      further, look at the picture. Which one is homeless?

  2. hittfamily - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick > Carlos Beltran and Luis Castillo.

  3. 13arod - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    baseball players are nicer then football players by a long shoot only a couple of nice football players

    • hittfamily - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      there are some nice football players out there warrick dunn is a great example his single mother was murdered and he had to raise his younger siblings so he started home for the holidays which provides the 20 percent down payment towards a new house built by the community and he stocks the pantry and buys furniture and new clothes then there is derrick brookes former buccaneer linebacker who started his own private school with his own money for at trouble youth it has a music program but no sports program so it isnt like a school specifically designed for future athletes i only know about tampa players but i am sure there are other good guys in the nfl also can you see how foolish it looks to write something with no punctuation or capitalization

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        The Gramatica boys do something similar to Habitat for Humanity, I do believe.

        When they aren’t injuring themselves….doing stupid things…..like celebrating kicks that don’t even tie games let alone put them in the lead.

        *Ribbing….they actually do both sound like really good hearted dudes.

  4. xpensivewinos - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Great story.

    They took a little time out of their day and did something this little boy will remember for the rest of his life.

    Well done!

  5. asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Always love hearing stories like this!

  6. adeedothatswho - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Moss and Reddick are former Sox. Good stuff.

  7. APBA Guy - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Very nice, Seeing the smile on that kid’s face is heart warming.

  8. skids003 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Good job, guys.

  9. 13arod - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    i’am not saying everbody in the nfl isn’t nice there are about 30 or 40 nfl players that aren’t nice or do drugs

    • ghostfishhunter - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      So one or two players on every team aren’t “nice” and/or dont do drugs?

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