Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit his 34th home run of the season on Thursday and then high-fived 6-year-old Walter “SuperBubz” Herbert, who is suffering from Stage 4 neuroblastoma. He then gave him his bat and jersey.
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Wally Herbert couldn’t believe that Reds first baseman Joey Votto had pointed to his son, 6-year-old Walter “SuperBubz” Herbert, before his seventh-inning at-bat.
What came next? Well, that was beyond belief.
Votto hit the second pitch he saw from Mets reliever Jeurys Familia half-way up the stands in right field for his 34th home run of the season. It was an impressive display of power, followed by a more impressive display of humanity.
Votto high-fived Herbert before he made it to the dugout. Then he raised one finger, as if to say, ‘wait, there’s more.’ And there was. Votto went through the camera well on the first-base dugout side to hand Herbert the bat he’d used for the home run. And then he went into the tunnel connected to the dugout to get another jersey, taking the one he was wearing off his back and handing it to Herbert.
“These are the days you remember when you have the bad days,” Wally Herbert said.
The younger Herbert is suffering from Stage 4 neuroblastoma, one of the most common types of pediatric cancer. When the cancer spread throughout his body, the family decided to enjoy their final time together.
Last week Herbert served as the team’s honorary captain for a game against the Pirates. That’s when he met Votto for the first time and received an autographed bat.