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Brandon Belt promised a cancer survivor he’d hit a home run for her. And then he did.

Jul 1, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

Brandon Belt AP

Brandon Belt is on a rehab assignment at San Jose. Before the game on Friday night, a 12-year-old cancer survivor threw out the first pitch of the game. Belt met her and promised that he’d hit a home run for her. And then he went and did the damn thing. From the Mercury News:

Lyndsey Dworkin woke up Saturday morning, climbed out of bed and asked her mom a question.

“Did that all really happen last night?” she wondered. “Otherwise, I just had the craziest dream.”

It was real, her mom assured her. Every magical moment.

Brandon Belt really did tell the 12-year-old cancer survivor that he would hit a home run for her at the San Jose Giants game. And Belt really did deliver in the first inning, blasting a towering shot over the right-field fence at Municipal Stadium.

Belt has promised Lyndsey that he’s going to invite her to AT&T Park when he gets off the disabled list. Which, I assume, is a much easier promise to carry out.


  1. thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    O’Neill hit a HR and a triple for his kid, so no, not better than O’Neill

    • jlovenotjlo - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      If I recall, it was an inside the park home run. That doesn’t count!

      • buddaley - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        No, it was a triple and an error, so the kid thought it did not count as 2 home runs and did not want to give up the birthday card.

      • Liam - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        I believe he gave up the card when Paul caught a flyball in his hat the next day.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        That’s right that’s right.. I thumbed myself down for that one

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Wow, ok, Kramer promised the kid 2 HR, O’Neil hit the 1st HR, then hit a triple and scored on the error.

      Come on guys

  2. renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Ballplayer at it’s finest, really awesome for Belt doin this.

  3. aresachaela - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM


    Probably the only sport where promises are made and achieved!! AMAZING.

    • mikhelb - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Not true, in soccer also happens, remember how a game-fixer promised prior to the game for Cameroon to lose 4-0 to Croacia and have a red card against and it happened?

      Or when other game fixers promised a UK newspaper how the groups would end up in the sorting for the world cup and they did?

      Well, then again there was money involved in those promises, but nonetheless…

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Meanwhile, George Mitchell and Bud Selig are forming a committee to investigate the prevalence of promises to ill children among baseball players, since this sort of thing has been leading to enhanced performance that threatens to taint the history and integrity of the game. Think of the children! Then find out which ballplayers they have been talking to.

    • mikhelb - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      The Bosox and the Brewers were excluded in the study.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Ortiz will look into it.

  5. happytwinsfan - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Would it be wrong if he had a deal worked out with the pitcher to throw him a meatball? I don’t think it would be because it still makes the kid feel good. How else does someone make a promise like that without knowing there’s a very good chance that they let the kid down.

    • blabidibla - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      He didn’t say he’d hit one during that game, so he was hedging his bet a bit. Still, amazing he came through so quickly.

    • mikhelb - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Fixing a game result? Really? What is this, soccer?

    • bigdicktater - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Thanks for the buzz kill htf!

  6. nottinghamforest13 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    For all that we can say about Canseco, he promised & delivered two bombs to a group of kids when he was w/ the White Sox.

  7. txraiderfan - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I taught him in high school, and he was a great kid. I wish nothing but the best for him

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