A little boy who lost all of his Oakland Athletics gear in the California wildfires is capturing hearts after he sent a tragic letter to the team letting players know that he’s a huge fan — and that he’s sad to have lost all of his cards and memorabilia.
Loren Jade Smith, 9, explained in the note that he loves watching baseball games and that he one day wants to “be an A’s player” and has, in the meantime, been playing in a Santa Rosa little league to prep for that goal.
— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) October 16, 2017
“My house burned down in the Santa Rosa fire and my saddest things was my baseball collection cards, my 17 jerseys and 10 hats and my baseball from the game and also a ball signed by the whole team and Rickey Henderson and Bob Melvin,” he wrote.
Loren continued, “My brother and me have so much fun but he is only 9 months old. I am teaching him how to throw balls.”
— Katie Utehs (@KatieUtehs) October 15, 2017
Loren said he had every single A’s card dating back to 2000, but that everything is now gone.
It didn’t take long for the note to go viral and resonate, with Athletics leadership and players agreeing to pitch in and help replace the little boy’s lost memorabilia.
Athletics president Dave Kaval tweeted, “This is so touching. So sad to hear about their loss. We would be happy to completely outfit the family in new @Athletics gear.”
— Dave Kaval (@DaveKaval) October 15, 2017
Other teams and companies also pitched in in an effort to help lift Loren’s spirits, Yahoo! Sports reported.
But the Athletics have taken a particular interest in helping Loren out, giving an address for people to send memorabilia and pledging to be sure that the little boy receives it:
If you'd like to donate baseball memorabilia to our pal Loren, please send items to the address below and we’ll make sure they get to him. pic.twitter.com/xI3ZwWWfNA
— A's, But Spooky ??? (@Athletics) October 16, 2017
It’s moments like this when the power of the press — and social media — can truly do some good. Major props to the A’s for their kind response to Loren’s plight.