When I saw the video of this kid crying after Josh Beckett gave him a baseball, he earned another notch of respect in my scorebook.

Superstar pitchers, at least on the day they’re pitching, rarely interact with fans and instead focus on the task at hand. But on this day, Beckett wrapped up his pregame bullpen, walked right up to a kid who was taking his photograph, and handed him a baseball.

The play hit home for a lot of baseball fans, particularly the lucky ones who have caught a batting practice ball.

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