By ANDREW TAVANI
The Boston Red Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8 on Friday night, but the real drama unfolded in the bottom of the fourth inning -- in the stands on the third base side at Fenway Park. What follows is the story of Ryan and Reese.
A 12-year-old boy sitting in the front row was handed a foul ball by the ball girl. Instead of relishing the moment, the boy promptly turned around and, without missing a beat, gave the ball to a girl sitting in the row behind him. The kind gesture left the little girl's mom overwhelmed with surprise, and Red Sox broadcasters Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo took immediate notice.
'I think that's one of the nicest things I've seen at the ballpark all year,' Remy exclaimed. 'Everybody's happy!'
Remy and Orsillo were so moved by the act of generosity that they sent NESN sideline reporter Gary Striewski down to interview the young man, who revealed to Striewski and viewers watching on TV that his name is Ryan. Ryan reflected on the moment that he gave his new friend, Reese, the ball. Striewski asked Ryan if he knew how many people were watching on TV.
'Uh, 10,000?' Ryan replied. Striewski informed him that many more than that were watching and had witnessed his kind act.
Then, Striewski told Ryan that Remy and Orsillo didn't want his kind act to go unrewarded. They were so impressed with his generosity, Striewski told him, that they were each giving him a souvenir ball, both of which Striewski handed to Ryan.
Later on, Major League Baseball posted a link to the video on Twitter along with the message 'His mother raised him right.' Indeed.
It's a great American moment. Watch the whole video below. It's guaranteed to make your day.
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