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Machado delivers signed bat to one of his biggest fans in Atlanta for his 14th birthday

The Baltimore Sun

When his parents in mid-June presented him with tickets to see the Orioles play the Braves on Sunday for his 14th birthday, JJ Roddenberry was elated.

His birthday got a whole lot better Sunday at SunTrust Park. The Orioles saw a video of Roddenberry’s reaction to the tickets and arranged for the Atlanta youth to meet his favorite player, Manny Machado.

Machado on Sunday met Roddenberry, gave him a bat, which he signed, and earned a fan for life.

When his parents gave Roddenberry the tickets, his mom asked, “And who are you going to go for?”

“Manny Machado,” he replied.

“Not the Braves?”

“No.”

A few days later, Machado invited Roddenberry to meet him before the game.

Who knows? The Braves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Machado before the trade deadline. Roddenberry might get to see his favorite player more often.

Even if that doesn’t happen, Machado gave a young fan a memory he’ll never forget.

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