The Chicago White Sox might not lead the league in home runs on the field, but they hit a pretty big one off the field after rolling out the red carpet for 7-year-old cancer patient Alex Estrada.
According to WGN, Estrada was welcomed to Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday as part of the tenth annual Sox Serve week. What that entailed proved to be a truly magical experience that Estrada and his family won’t soon forget.
The best part? Estrada had no idea what was coming.
His day was full of surprises, beginning with a pep rally in his honor at his daycare. From there, Estrada was given the full VIP treatment as a limo arrived to take him to the ballpark. Once there, he became an honorary White Sox player. That included getting his own locker, his own jersey and, perhaps most importantly, it meant he could play video games with new teammates Yolmer Sanchez and Hector Santiago in the clubhouse.
Watchout Indians, the @whitesox have a new guy in the lineup and he’s getting all warmed up with some pregame Mario cart. Alex is enjoying his ultimate wish experience as part of Sox Serve Week #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/JkfDMcKdgi
— Annie Costabile (@AnnieCostabile) June 13, 2018
That’s pretty awesome, but the best was yet to come.
Prior to the game, Estrada was allowed to run the bases. As he rounded third base, the White Sox all lined up to greet him and then cheer him on as he slid into home plate.
Alex Estrada is battling cancer. His strength inspires us.
— MLB (@MLB) June 14, 2018
If that doesn’t give you goosebumps, nothing will.
Topping things off, Estrada got to watch a White Sox victory as they topped the Cleveland Indians 3-2. They haven’t won many this season, but Estrada can tell his friends they’re 1-0 with him in uniform.
Estrada has been undergoing treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital since age four after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma. He’s obviously a tough kid who’s full of energy. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see him enjoy any day as much as he enjoyed his day with the White Sox.
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