As he enters the gates of historic Fenway Park, eight-year-old Obier is greeted by the familiar smell of sausage and hot buttered popcorn. Outfitted in his favorite Red Sox gear, his eyes flash with excitement as he takes in the grandeur of the glistening field from atop the famed Green Monster.
Obier’s parents are from the Dominican Republic where Red Sox legend David Ortiz spent his youth. Since he was first able to swing a bat, Obier, a former ball player sidelined by a rare malignant brain tumor, has been a Big Papi super fan and longed for the chance to meet the three-time World Series champion in person.
When Ortiz emerges from the clubhouse, Obier felt the nervous adrenaline of an athlete before a big game. Seated next to his idol, he boldly asks “how’s your hitting?” and gets his jersey signed, before being invited to watch the slugger at batting practice from behind home plate. Obier and his family then settle into their seats, cheering the Red Sox on to a win against the Philadelphia Phillies. That night, David Ortiz celebrated his 496th career home run – officially hitting this wish experience out of the ballpark for Obier!
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Enjoy Obier’s wish story in Spanish as reported by Telemundo Boston.