Andrew McCutchen has been bringing Pittsburgh Pirates fans happiness because of his baseball prowess for seven years now. But this time, it was his good deed off the field that resonated the most for one fan -- a boy named Matt Groeber, who felt the need to reciprocate the kindness.
Matt was in the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh over the summer after suffering from a brain abscess. During his time there, McCutchen stopped by and paid the children a visit.
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The All-Star's visit particularly inspired Matt to get better so that he could get back on the baseball field.
As it turned out, Matt is feeling better and is on the field once again -- but not just playing. Matt is dominating to the tune of three home runs in two games.
After the weekend was over, Matt wrote to McCutchen explaining the impact of his summer visit and also passed along a special gift.
Matt - thank you for the HR ball... and the autograph! More importantly, I'm so glad you're doing better and healing....
In a Facebook post, McCutchen called Matt "the true hero," for getting better and back on the field. No matter where his baseball career takes him, he'll have Matt's first home run ball forever as a meaningful keepsake.
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