Rod Carew and Ralf Reuland stood together in front of the mound, sharing a cause and a vision — and very much a heart.
Four months after Carew received the heart and kidney of former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, the 71-year-old watched as Reuland's father, Ralf, threw out the first pitch at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night.
“It's very emotional, and a nice way to honor him,” Reuland said.
Carew had the procedure Dec. 16 and met Reuland's family in March after mutual friends connected Reuland's death with news of Carew's transplant. Reuland had died four days earlier after a ruptured brain aneurysm at age 29.
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