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article imageOp-Ed: Videos of MLB pitchers playing catch with young fans go viral

By Leigh Goessl     May 16, 2013 in Sports
Los Angeles - Two videos of Major League Baseball pitchers playing catch with young fans in the stands have gone viral. The videos were both taken at this week's series between the Dodgers and the Nationals.
This week the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted a 3-game series vs. the Washington Nationals. Before the May 13 game, pitchers from the opposing teams each had a game of catch with young fans.
Giovany Aramis "Gio" González, of the Washington Nationals, played ball with a young fan named Trent. The approximate 2-minute exchange was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube.
As of yesterday afternoon, the video showing the 27-year-old pitcher playing catch with Trent was nabbing some attention, with about 1,500 page views. The video shows Trent, who was donning a Nats' t-shirt with an old-time Expos' hat, and Gonzalez tossing the ball back and forth. At one point in the clip, Trent jumps to nab the ball and makes the catch.
Today, the video has tens of thousands of views.
Across the stadium on the same day, Dodgers' pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, 26, played catch with a boy with the name "Deuce" on his shirt. There is no dialogue in this video, but it shows the kid's got an arm. The video is just over a minute long and has gotten over 1,300,000 page views as of May 16.
How nice is it to see these two players took time out of their warm-ups before the game to interact with the fans? For many adults, their love of baseball begins in childhood. Both Gio Gonzalez and Hyun-Jin Ryu gave these two boys something they'll likely remember for a lifetime.
Will more players playing ball with the kids before games become a trend?
The series ended on Wednesday night with the Dodgers taking 2 of 3 games over the Nationals.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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