The group visited about 25 to 30 children, Holland said, donating toys and chatting with them to boost their spirits.
“It’s a really tough situation for most of those kids being in the hospital, some of them weeks at a time,” Holland said. “But they’re always in good spirits, they always enjoy getting to talk to us. Other than their parents being there, they’re pretty much sitting there by themselves.”
Holland made it a point to talk about some of the children’s interests, which, in some cases, included sports.
“I met a [Green Bay] Packers fan today, and I asked him how he snuck his blanket in there because I noticed it was a Packers blanket,” Holland joked. “And another kid told me that basically I was crazy for liking LeBron [James] over Steph [Curry].”
Holland participated in Toys of Summer events each season he spent in Kansas City. Former Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur introduced Holland to the event through their wives.
When Holland signed with the Rockies, he said his wife Lacey made sure to organize the event in Colorado.
“After [the Francoeurs] left, my wife was still volunteering at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, so we kept it going with that,” Holland said. “She made some phone calls and made it happen here.”
Though the Hollands found it tricky to schedule the event this year with the birth of their daughter last month, they still wanted to visit the hospital.
“I’ve always said, if I can make one kid’s eyes light up for a few minutes and give them a break from what they’re having to deal with then it’s definitely worth it,” Holland said.
• Carlos Gonzalez continues to deal with a sore left ankle that forced him out of Monday’s lineup shortly before the game. He’s sitting out Tuesday’s game, but should be available to pinch-hit if necessary, Black said.
“He came into today feeling much better,” Black said. “Went through some therapy with the medical staff and he’s feeling better. I have to catch up with him after batting…