Frazier goes deep for his buddy Teddy
Reds third baseman answers guest batboy's request for a homer
CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Todd Frazier made Teddy Kremer very happy on Thursday night, simply by doing exactly what he was told.
Kremer, an adult with Down syndrome, was a guest batboy for the Reds during their game vs. the Marlins. It's something he also did for the team one game last summer, and he made such an impression that he was invited back.
During the bottom of the sixth inning vs. Marlins reliever John Maine, Frazier crushed a 421-foot two-run home run to center field that gave Cincinnati an 11-1 lead. No one in Great American Ball Park was more thrilled than Kremer.
"He is so funny. He said, 'Hit me a home run, man, I love you.' I said, 'I love you, too. I'll hit you one.' It was great," Frazier said. "I started smiling before I hit home plate."
Kremer was so excited when he greeted Frazier at the plate that he forgot to retrieve Frazier's bat and returned with him to the dugout. The home-plate umpire handed the bat to Kremer.
"The umpire was yelling at him. He's such a great guy," Frazier said. "You can't be mad if you have a terrible day. How can you be mad with a guy like that around?"
Kremer was being followed all night by a crew from ESPN for use in a future story. But he's already an instant celebrity, as his smiling face was often spotted on camera during Fox Sports Ohio's game broadcast. Inside the dugout after the home run, he gave Frazier a big bear hug.
"It was pretty special," Frazier said of the night. "It's something I'll remember, because he is such a nice guy."
Before the game, Kremer dutifully went with manager Dusty Baker to bring out the lineup card vs. Miami and stood next to him and Frazier during the singing of the national anthem. Kremer then performed all the duties the regular batboys would with one exception, in that he was also the Reds' biggest cheerleader.
"Teddy is awesome," Reds shortstop Zack Cozart said. "This is the second time he's been the batboy since I've been here. He just brings a lot of joy. He's always happy. He's running around and telling everybody 'Great job.' He's telling Frazier to hit a home run and Frazier does it. It's little stuff like that, he keeps the dugout pretty positive."