Born with a congenital heart condition, nine-year-old Joey has endured a great deal for a boy his age. His illness has taught him about the value of teams, as he has watched his physicians, nurses, and surgeons work together to keep him strong.
Outside of the hospital, Joey knows another team – one that is full of friends, fun, and baseball. As second baseman for the Rockies, Joey loves to cheer on his Little League teammates almost as much as he loves hitting a home run. When Joey was granted a wish, he wished to go to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park…with his entire Little League team!
On a warm summer day, Joey and his teammates and coaches were escorted by limousine to Fenway. Joey led the way as the group enjoyed a private tour, learning about the history of the Red Sox as they visited special spots throughout the ballpark. As the VIP tour continued, Joey’s Red Sox idol, Dustin Pedroia, made a special appearance to greet his young fan and sign autographs, as did pitcher Aaron Cook, third baseman Will Middlebrooks, and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
Chatting with his idol, Joey asked Pedroia if he would hit a home run in that night’s game. “I’ll do my best,” Pedroia replied. A few hours later, surrounded by his own teammates, Joey watched Pedroia hit a two-run homer to take the lead in the tied game! As the Red Sox went on to win, Joey felt the thrill of an athlete accomplishing his goal…and the absolute joy of a child experiencing a wish fulfilled, thanks to supporters of Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.