Fourth-grade baseball fan Jack Blunt was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year, and he also suffered the loss of his father while in kindergarten. Having been through so much at such a young age, one of his teachers at Warren Park Junior Public School thought he would appreciate a little surprise, CTV News reports.
The teacher nominated him to meet two players from one of his favourite baseball teams, the Toronto Blue Jays.
The MLB-sponsored giveaway included four tickets to the Toronto Blue Jays’ playoff game on Thursday at the Rogers Centre, as well as a Blue Jays team jacket and a new jersey. Blunt had no idea he would be seeing two of his favourite players in his school library on a Monday afternoon, reports CP24, and his reaction to the meeting was adorable.
A stunned Jack entered the room, and a few moments of silence (and his bright pink face) highlighted just how flabbergasted he was when he sat down next to the two Toronto Blue Jays stars, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins.
— Arda Zakarian (@ArdaZakCP24) October 5, 2015
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) October 6, 2015
The Blue Jays have not played in the post-season for 22 years but will be playing in their first game at the Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon, after winning the American League East Division, beating the Yankees by a margin of six games.
“I was surprised that they came to our school,” Jack told CTV News.
Kevin Pillar empathized with Jack’s silence, telling the news outlet, “Sometimes you’re just so excited you’re at a loss for words. I’d imagine that’s what he’s feeling. He’ll go home tonight, and once it sinks in, it’ll be pretty special for him.”
According to CP24, Jack’s mother, Jenn, joked that he should take her and his younger brother, Wyatt, to the game with two of the four tickets he was given. But the fourth ticket is still unassigned, and Jack may soon find he’s more popular than ever.
“I’m going to be the most popular kid in the entire world,” Jack said in the video. For more, watch the adorable video below.