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Dad thanks Orioles, Machado for making his son's 14th birthday special

The Baltimore Sun

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?”

“No.”

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