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Blue Jays players surprise nine-year-old fan who lost father to cancer

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Nine-year-old Toronto Blue Jays fan Jack Blunt received quite the surprise after being summoned to the library at his school only to find Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar waiting there to meet him.

With hats and shirts in hand, the two Blue Jays stars were at the school specifically to spend time with Jack … and to give him four tickets to Thursday’s Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers.

“I was surprised that they came to our school,” Jack told CTV News. “How did they even know about me?”

Jack lost his father to cancer when he was in kindergarten. He also recently was diagnosed with diabetes. Given the hard times he’s been through, one of his teachers nominated him for the chance to meet a few of his baseball heroes.

“I think, like any child, there are good days and bad days, but on the whole, he’s really just trooping along,” said the school’s principal, Mary Gyemi-Schulze.

As is often the case in these situations, the players were equally moved by the experience.

“That was awesome,” Goins said. “I think he was kind of in shock, but I was probably as nervous to give him the tickets as he was to see us here at his school.”

“Sometimes you’re just so excited you’re at a loss for words,” added Pillar. “I’d imagine that’s what he’s feeling. He’ll go home tonight and once it sinks in, it’ll be pretty special for him.”

Unfortunately, the Blue Jays couldn’t come up with a win with Jack in the stands Thursday, losing to the Rangers by the score of 5-3. But odds are young Jack still had a great time at the ballpark, if only to forget about the tough go he’s had over the past couple of years.

[H/T The Chive]