On Sunday, Manny Machado made an Atlanta youth’s 14th birthday something he’ll never forget.
Sunday night, J.J. Roddenberry’s dad thanked the Orioles and Machado for making it happen tweeting: “We will forever be grateful and remember this moment forever.”
The Orioles saw a video of Roddenberry’s reaction to receiving Orioles-Braves tickets for his birthday and arranged for him to meet his favorite player, Machado.
Before the Orioles’ 7-3 loss to the Braves Machado surprised Roddenberry and his family in the Orioles’ dugout at SunTrust Park, 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?”