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Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis deliver for Indians fan living with cerebral palsy

Aug 25, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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Sometimes, one can get caught up with all of the negative news that gets reported these days, so it’s good to find a piece like this every once in a while. Per this story by the Associated Press, on Saturday, eight-year-old Niko Lanzarotta and his family were watching the Indians take batting practice prior to last night’s game against the Twins. Niko, living with cerebral palsy, met with some players and asked catcher Carlos Santana and second baseman Jason Kipnis to hit home runs for him.

The two wasted very little time granting their fan his wish. Santana blasted a two-run home run off of Twins starter Liam Hendriks in the first inning and Kipnis hit a two-run shot in the third against Hendriks. Behind a solid start by Zach McAllister, the Indians went on to win 7-2.

From the AP column:

“They told me I was their favorite player, and I promised to hit a home run for him,” Santana said.

“He must be a good luck charm for us two,” said Kipnis, who broke an 0-for-19 slump earlier in the game and homered for the first time since July 21.

Niko’s father added, “It was the best day of his life. To meet Carlos, to be that close, and for him to hit a home run. … To see your kid that happy is a great thing.”

  1. r8rnuck - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    What a great story…after all the PED crap, this is a breath of fresh air.

  2. Stiller43 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Awesome story

  3. burm61 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I love the guys on this Tribe team. I wish stories like this, Kemp, and all the My Wish segments were the normal news day.

  4. janessa31888 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    That is so cool!! Would have loved to see that young mans face when Carlos and Jason made good on their promise. Priceless.

  5. normcash - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Why all the thumbs down???? A bunch of heartless jerks must have logged on. Shame on all of you!
    This is a fine story….

  6. garyzx7r - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Proud of my Tribe! Saw this on the news, special little young man had a great time meeting his heroes. Class act. Its good to see when athletes meet these kids and make there day. I see John Cena of the WWE does this a lot as well

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Indians are 6-0 this season when he attends games. How cool is that too?

  7. ohiogator - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Very cool story!

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