Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen made a trip to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to visit a young boy fighting a brain abscess.
Clearly touched by McCutchen's visit, the young fan, Matt Graeber, decided to send the Pirates center fielder a letter and a gift to show his appreciation.
The letter is incredibly heartfelt, but even more amazing is the gift of Graeber's home run ball, which he hit after getting healthy and returning to the baseball diamond.
Matt - thank you for the HR ball... and the autograph! More importantly, I'm so glad you're doing better and healing.... Posted by Andrew Mccutchen on Monday, November 2, 2015
The letter reads,
Dear Andrew McCutchen, This summer I suffered a brain abscess and spent most of my time in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. During my stay I was lucky enough to meet you when you visited to do art with the kids. Every night I looked forward to watching the Pirates and was thrilled to know you were coming to visit. Baseball is my favorite sport and I was not sure if I would ever be able to play again. Your visit helped inspire me to get better. I am [feeling] better now and playing baseball again. This past weekend I played two games and hit three home runs. I am sending my first home run ball to you as a thank you. Thank you again for the visit and picture you drew me in the hospital. Your Friend, Matt Graeber Wolfpack
McCutchen's response to Graeber's letter and souvenir shows just how much each player was affected by the other's gesture.