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Teddy the Reds batboy has hit the big time

Sep 13, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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You may remember Teddy Kremer, the Reds bat boy who, back in April, told Todd Frazier to hit a home run. After which Todd Frazier hit a home run. After that Teddy got a lot of media exposure. Maybe because he’s better than Dusty Baker is at getting Todd Frazier to do things. I don’t know.

Anyway, Teddy, who has Down Syndrome, has continued to stay in the public eye. As this report from WKNU public radio notes, he has become a fan favorite — people lined up for his autograph recently — has been offered a job with the Reds in fan accommodations and has an ESPN documentary crew following him around. It’s a great story, and the report talks to his parents and others in his life, giving us a fuller picture of the guy who told Todd Frazier to hit a home run.

I still don’t know why he likes LaRosa’s pizza — he’s all about a Reds promotion that gives fans free LaRosa’s if Reds pitchers strike out 11 batters — but I suppose even popular people can have bad taste.

Correction: the photo which ran with this post earlier was taken by Jeff Swinger of the Cincinnati Enquirer. I had mistakenly thought it was an AP photo. Apologies. 

  1. brianforster - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    i know nothing of larosas pizza but everyone knows free pizza is better than no pizza

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Pizza is the great equalizer.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Wait. LaRosa’s Pizza Cafe, or Pizza by LaRosa?

        Michael there’s a very big difference between these two pizza places, both in quality of ingredients, and overall taste.

        Oh no it’s bad. It’s real bad. It’s like eating a hot circle of garbage.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Wait. LaRosa’s Pizza Cafe, or Pizza by LaRosa?

        Reminded me of:

  2. jcmeyer10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    There’s a place for everyone! Stories like this warm my heart.

  3. atleastimnotaraidersfan - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Awesome story. The little guy is a bad ass.

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    And if you have never read the story of Jon Will and the Nationals, you should. All of it good stuff

  5. yahmule - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    That is such a great picture. Can’t look at it too long without getting a little choked up.

  6. oldcat157 - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    What’s wrong with that guy’s face?

    • chuvok - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      You are sick man. This is a great story about someone with down syndrome and a baseball team doing something great and offering the kid a job. And all you can say is “What’s wrong with that guys face?”

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      It is called a smile…perhaps people do not tend to do that when they see you coming.

    • Gnarls - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      You’re a disgusting human being.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      He has a beautiful face. You on the other hand…are a piece of shit.
      And you know what they say about tying a bow around a turd.
      At the end of the day…it’s still a turd.

    • atleastimnotaraidersfan - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      How does this shit comment get 3 thumbs up??? WTF is wrong with this world?

      • yahmule - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        3 out of 100 isn’t too bad of an asshole ratio.

  7. dutchman45 - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Nothing wrong with the free pizza. I have enjoyed it several times. great promotion for the great Reds Fans.

  8. b0ngg - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    larosa’s is gross, the sauce cheese combo makes it smell like puke. no thanks.

    • jwbiii - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      And this advice is coming from someone named b0ngg, who probably knows pizza.

  9. joshfrancis50 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    His interview after the fact was incredible. Hearing him refer to Todd Frazier as his best friend is awesome.

  10. ytownjoe - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Oldcat157 should crawl back into the sewer.

  11. offseasonblues - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    What an absolutely fantastic picture. I love baseball.

  12. granadafan - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Kudos to the Reds

  13. bickejo - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I created an account strictly so I could say larosas is delicious pizza, good sir

  14. jrobomlb - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM


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