Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra has become a favorite of fans because of his defensive play and his approach and attitude to everything. What happened on Sunday is just another example as to why he is great to have on your team.
It was something that beat writer Nick Piecoro reported and gave an account of in his postgame notes.
Standing on deck in the seventh inning, Gerardo Parra made eye contact with an elderly woman sitting near the Diamondbacks dugout.
"She looked at me and said, 'Let's go,'" Parra said. "I said, 'Touch my bat. If I get a base hit, I'll give it to you.'"
Parra did more than that. He crushed an opposite-field home run to give the Diamondbacks a 6-0 lead. When he got back to the dugout, he made sure the woman, whom he guessed was at least 90 years old, got the bat.
The crazy thing is why he thought of that in that moment. Who knows how long she has been a baseball fan, but that had to have been one of her best fan moments ever.
As a fan, it would have to be one of the best things that could happen. A player acknowledges you, you feel like you affected the outcome and you get a really cool souvenir.
For that, Parra deserves to be respected among the best fan-friendly athletes we have had in the Valley.
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