ATLANTA — The Braves and Phillies are rivals on the diamond, but the love of baseball connects the teams and their fans.
Nothing displayed that better than the sign of sportsmanship between a young Phillies fan and Braves fan this weekend.
During Friday night’s home opener at Truist Park, the reigning MVP Freddie Freeman crushed a home run. Joshua, a Phillies fan, ended up with the ball after a couple of tries and some teasing from his dad.
Instead of keeping it or throwing it back though, Joshua decided to share it with a young Braves fan wearing a Freeman jersey. It’s a moment that touched everyone’s hearts, especially Freeman’s.
So before Sunday night’s game, Freeman decided to surprise Joshua and his dad, with a baseball not only autographed by him, but by Phillies star Bryce Harper as well.
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It wasn’t the only father-son moment from the weekend series against the Phillies that is sure to make you smile.
A father flew thousands of miles from Guatemala to Atlanta with his 5-year-old son, so they could watch his favorite player outfielder Ronald Acuña, Jr. on Friday.
Acuña also crushed a home run that night and the young fan had the best reaction. The moment is even more special after the Braves superstar saw the video and responded on Sunday afternoon.
“This is the part of the game that I love the most! Thank you and the little one for the video and I hope I can bring more moments like this!” Acuña said.
But Acuna didn’t stop there. He invited the father and son to speak with him before Sunday night’s game.
Atlanta is looking to avenge last weekend’s sweep as they go for a sweep of their own against Philadelphia on Sunday night.