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Red Sox Hanley Ramirez fulfills pregame promise to young disabled fan in a message of faith

A promise is a promise.

Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of their 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night, hours after promising a young fan during pregame that he would give him a signed jersey if he went yard.

After the game, Ramirez went into the stands, took off his jersey, signed it, and gave it to a young fan.

Ramirez promised the fan that he would give him his jersey if he hit a home run, in a video shot by NESN reporter Guerin Austin before the game. Ramirez’s reasoning for the gesture was simple. “Yeah, when you see things like that, that’s life. It can happen to anybody,” said Ramirez to WEEI of the boy, who was unable to walk or talk. “Little kids born like that, it’s upsetting. But we’ve got to keep it strong mentally.”

The Red Sox continue their series against the Marlins tonight at 6:10 p.m. ET.

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