Red Sox Pitcher Josh Beckett Makes Kid Cry & We Love Him for It (VIDEO)


Dylan Sylvia There's not much that can top catching a ball in a Major League ballpark. Unless, of course, Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett walks right up to you and HANDS you a ball. Your hand in his. Your ball forever. It's no wonder the way young Sox fan Dylan Sylvia reacted has created a bit of a buzz in Beantown. It was just kind of ... well, weird.

When Beckett spotted the pint-sized Sylvia with a small gadget (cellphone perhaps?) taking pictures from the front row during pre-game warmups, the pitcher walked straight up to him to hand over a ball. Aww! What a nice guy! But then Sylvia burst into tears. Erm, oops?

Not exactly the reaction Beckett was expecting? Not exactly the reaction from most fans. But possibly the most genuine sign of fanship ever. Take a look:

Did you just tear up a tad bit? With sympathy? Happiness? Beckett is apparently Sylvia's favorite player, and the boy was just so shocked that he'd had a one-on-one interaction with a World Series MVP that he didn't know how to react. Nestling in Dad's lap seemed about right.

Compare that to the fans who hoot and holler, and I'll take the tears. Don't get me wrong, I understand celebrating when you get a ball. That's half the fun, trying to get on the JumboTron. But celebrating can turn to smugness quickly, and no one's having fun when the jerk who got the ball is rubbing it in everyone's face. That's when you start to wonder whether he "got" what the experience is all about or if he just wanted to show everyone up with how awesome he is.

But it's clear what Dylan Sylvia was feeling in the stands at Fenway. He felt like the luckiest kid alive. And in that moment, he probably was.

Did this crazy reaction make your day?


Image via YouTube

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JaneE... JaneEyre27

A true fan!  I love that kid!  GO SOX!

ashjoy ashjoy

Awe, that is great! Seeing pure happiness in a child most definitely made my day!

April Perry

awww..that was adorable. And it did make me

nmmama09 nmmama09

That was so cute! The kid kinda reminded me of my 6 yr old, the way he was bouncing up and down with happiness...def out a smile on my face : )

Charity Morton

I love Josh Beckett. Some players are just awesome like that.

nonmember avatar alan

What a great video! A dad and his son and a memory of a lifetime. Perfect!!

Addys... Addys_Mom

I think i am overly emotional today cause i am tearing up too. I love josh beckett and this kid makes me happy. yay for our younger generation.

aiden... aidensmomma508

Awesome! Red Sox are number 1!!!!!!!!!!! I probably woulda teared up too! I was so happy just to meet Wally.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

that is so sweet.,

ash_a... ash_attack88

I could blame it on pregnancy hormones, but it really is just super sweet and I can't help but cry a little. I've seen my fully grown husband overly react (not cry - but inside I know he just could!) when hanging out with a band or artist he truley adores. He gets goosebumps all over his arms and his whole face lights up in a way that I can't describe. Music means a lot to him, and I love watching him react like that.

The same goes for this boy - this will have an impact on him for the rest of his life and I hope he doesn't focus too much on the people with insults or negative comments. He should hold his head (and his baseball!) up high and be proud!

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