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New Oriole Travis Snider's biggest fan learned of trade from across the world

Travis Snider drawing
(Drawing by Wyatt Anthony, via Medium)

The Orioles gained a left-handed hitting outfielder with a funny Twitter handle when they acquired former Pirates outfielder Travis Snider this week.

An 8-year-old boy in Thailand via Pittsburgh lost his hero, and his dad wrote about it in a way that will make Orioles fans realize Snider is more than just a ballplayer.

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Ted Anthony, an Associated Press news director based in Bangkok, wrote on Medium about how his son took a shining to Snider several years ago after he did what young children do and predicted a grand slam late in a game. Snider actually came through.

The young boy, Wyatt, stood up at the Pirates' version of Fanfest last winter and grilled the front office about its plans for Snider.

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He drew pictures of him, got an authentic Snider jersey and met Snider at PNC Park earlier this season.

He carried his fandom to Thailand, where Anthony and his older son had to break the news of Snider's trade to his biggest fan.

Social media has had a way of rewarding such honesty when it comes to young fandom recently. After trading relief pitcher Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics, the Nationals sent a care package of Nats gear to young fans who were featured in a Washington Post story about his impact on them.

A young girl whose parents posted a video of her crying on Youtube after the Toronto Blue Jays traded Brett Lawrie to Oakland got a visit from Lawrie later that month.

Given what we've learned about Snider already, and the experiences Anthony's family has already had, I wouldn't be surprised if young Wyatt was similarly rewarded.

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