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Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 8:45 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

We interrupt the trade talk for the best story you'll see here today.

It started last night when 10-year-old Lily Anderson sang the National Anthem before Thursday night's Braves-Pirates game. Anderson sang on behalf of the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. She's currently undergoing treatment for a relapse of Nueroblastoma.

After her rendition of the National Anthem, she received the longest standing ovation of the season at Turner Field, and certainly deserved it. Check it out:

If that's not enough for you, the story gets better.

After Anderson hugged her mom and talked to Brian McCann, a spokesman for the foundation, Braves backup catcher J.C. Boscan, up because McCann is on the disabled list, told McCann him he'd met Anderson a year before.

Last season, Boscan met Anderson at Triple-A Gwinnett when she visited the dugout for autographs. She gave him a bracelet that said "Anderson Power, pray for Lily." Not only did Boscan put it on, he hasn't taken it off since. He showed it to her on Friday.

From Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Mac told her, ‘Do you remember this?’ and she got so excited,” Boscan said. “Her mom started crying again. It was emotional.”

Boscan said he wears the bracelet day and night to remind him of those undergoing hardships.

“There are things outside of baseball,” said Boscan, who hopes to keep in touch with Anderson now. “Sometimes we need to think of those people and have them in our prayers, especially little girls or little boys like that who are suffering from a disease. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Check out his photo from spring training, where Boscan is wearing a green bracelet that I assume is from Anderson:

J.C. Boscan

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

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Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

That is the right thing to do. Good guy! Way to go Boscan!



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

great story..Respect for Lily..also Boscan what a joy to read.....



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

Great story. The world is a better place because of people like Boscan. Hats off to you sir.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:50 am
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

How great is this story?  Lily you are awesome! and Boscan just earned a big fan. 



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:45 am
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

What a standup guy and a strong young girl. It makes me feel good to read stories like this early in the morning, instead of all the negativity the press constantly indulge in.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

Another one of the good guys we don't get to hear about often enough.  This little girl seems amazingly strong on her own, but imagine the emotional lift she got from seeing that a pro baseball player took their chance encounter to heart.  Huge props to Boscan.


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