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.
— All Sport News (@All_SportNews) April 3, 2018
After the game, Ramirez went into the stands, took off his jersey, signed it, and gave it to a young fan.
Before the game I promised this kid if I hit a homer I will give him my jersey. promise fulfilled. @redsox @mlb This is what we play for #godisgood #believe #thisisonlythebeginning have faith…w/faith we can accomplish anything #grateful ???? pic.twitter.com/rQGffiYdR3
— Hanley Ramirez ⚾️ (@HanleyRamirez) April 3, 2018
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.”
— Guerin Austin (@guerinaustin) April 3, 2018
The Red Sox continue their series against the Marlins tonight at 6:10 p.m. ET.