Andrew McCutchen receives touching gift from boy he visited in hospital

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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.

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....

Posted by Andrew Mccutchen on Monday, November 2, 2015

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.

SEE ALSO: Ranking all 30 MLB stadiums:

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Andrew McCutchen receives touching gift from boy he visited in hospital

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.


23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.


22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.


21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?


19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.



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