Bryson Stott of the Philadelphia Phillies gave away free National League Championship Series tickets to a superfan who lost his father to cancer.
According to WCAU-TV, Geoff Crawley, a long-time Phillies fan, couldn’t afford tickets to see the team play in Philadelphia. But he was determined to see the team play, so he booked a flight from Washington, DC to San Diego using airline miles.
According to WCAU, Crawley’s love for the Phillies began with his father, Skip, who died of cancer in July. He wore a sweatshirt with a picture of his father to the San Diego game and sat next to him.
And when WCAU reporter John Clark shared a photo of the fan with his heartfelt tribute to his father on Twitter on Wednesday, the story quickly spread, reaching at least one member of the team.
Stott retweeted the image of Crawley on Friday, writing, “I would be happy to leave him two tickets for this weekend.”
Stott, who lost a high school friend to leukemia, found Crawley’s story particularly moving.
“I mean, I despise cancer,” Stott told WCAU reporter John Clark. “Cancer is the worst thing that has ever happened to mankind.” It was pretty cool for (Geoff) to cheer us on from California and honor his father.”
Crawley expressed his appreciation for the shortstop’s thoughtful gesture on Twitter and asked Phillies fans to use the hashtag #WinItForSkip to honor his late father.
On Wednesday, he wrote, “Thank you so much for all the love.”