Giants’ Kelby Tomlinson dedicates first hit to memory of Kaiser Carlile
San Francisco Giants rookie Kelby Tomlinson notched his first major league hit in his first career at-bat on Monday night and dedicated his personally noteworthy accomplishment to the memory of Kaiser Carlile, the nine-year-old bat boy who died over the weekend as a result of a tragic on-field accident.
Carlile, who served as bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, a collegiate summer baseball league, was accidentally hit in the head by a player’s warm-up swing in the batter’s box. While he was wearing a helmet at the time, the injuries suffered during a National Baseball Congress game played Saturday proved to be too severe and the boy sadly passed away in a Wichita hospital Sunday.
Tomlinson, a 12th round pick by the Giants in the 2011 MLB Draft, played for the Bee Jays in 2010, helping lead the team to a National Baseball Congress World Series title.
“From One Bee Jay To Another”Edited this video for the purpose of honoring two Bee Jays – both of which were “called up”. Thanks to Kelby for taking the time to do this. Please watch to the end. #kelbyandkaiser Liberal Bee Jays Seward County Community College
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“Man, has it been a crazy couple of days,” Tomlinson said in the Facebook video (via the New York Daily News), “but in the mix of all of our excitement we remember Kaiser and the entire Carlile family. And from one Bee Jay to another, this one is for you.”
The Carlisle family has received an emotional outpouring of support in the wake of the tragedy, including the Bee Jays producing thousands of baseball cards featuring Kaiser. Fans in the Lawrence Dumont Stadium on Tuesday also wore blue and donned the initials “K.C.” in memory of the boy, reports ABC News. A moment of silence was also held a moment of silence and a banner was hung in the stadium in his memory.
(images via sfgate.com, Liberal Bee Jays)