Cincinnati Reds players rallied around a 6-year-old boy after his
grandfather collapsed in the stands.
"We just tried to make a bad situation a little better," said
outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
While paramedics were working on the grandfather, security officer Bill
Summee took the boy to the Reds bullpen. The Reds did not release the name of
the grandfather, who died Wednesday night of an apparent heart attack.
The boy, identified as Antonio Perez of Hamilton, sat with players for the
last two innings of the game, and Griffey went and got him when the game ended.
The boy participated in the Reds' high-fives celebrating their 8-5 victory over
Atlanta, and he then joined the players in the clubhouse.
Clubhouse manager Rick Stowe said the Reds showered the boy with bats,
wristbands, and autographed baseballs. Shortstop Felipe Lopez gave him the
batting helmet, autographed, that Lopez wore in this year's All-Star
The players kept the boy distracted until his parents arrived.
"We play a game," Griffey said. "What he was going through doesn't compare.
It was important that the little guy not be by himself."