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Jose Bautista dedicated yesterday’s game to a young fan who died

Aug 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Just an example of how social media can bring fans and players closer. Even under unfortunate circumstances.

Derek Lendosky, a 9-year-old boy from Fennimore, WI, was killed in an accident last Sunday. He was a Blue Jays and Jose Bautista fan. His father tweeted to Bautista on Wednesday:

Bautista responded to Mr. Lendosky, offering condolences on his family’s loss. Then:

The Jays lost, but Bautista hit a homer and two doubles. After the game Lendosky thanked Bautista:

You can see a video report about it all here.

  1. thegonz13 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Classy gesture by Bautista. Too bad the rest of the team didn’t follow.

  2. hammyofdoom - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Man, incredibly cool move by Bats. I can only imagine what it must be like to be a guy who plays a game for a living, yet you get stuff like this… You literally hit a ball with a stick, yet you mean so much to strangers that their children are being buried while wearing your shirt. Must be surreal

    • yahmule - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Yet people will claim these guys aren’t role models.

      • braddavery - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Exactly. Just because many don’t see them as role models doesn’t mean they aren’t role models to kids. As adults, we know well enough that these guys shouldn’t REALLY be considered role models, but what about the kids that DO look up to them. It’s a slap in those kids’ faces for anyone to act like these players shouldn’t be held to higher standards than most of us who aren’t in the limelight.

  3. dbldmr - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    They’re not role models. They’re athletes, some terrific people and some morons. Bautista seems to fall in the former category.

    • braddavery - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Well he was a role model to that kid, no? Doesn’t that mean he’s a role model? Just because he;s not to YOU, doesn’t mean he’s not to someone else.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Thanks for posting this story Craig.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    The thumb harpie once again shows its true colors.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      By the way Harry, The Yankees lost again, but you knew that.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        Yes but the Yanks took 2 out of 3 and the jays and their pathetic starting pitching found away to lose 2 out of 3 AGAIN and tomorrow go for 3 out of 4 and then look out!! The AL BEAST is on the schedule and they flat out don’t win dick against the East!!! Its gonna get a lot worse before it gets better!!! hahaha bye bye jays!!

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