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The Philadelphia Phillies made the re-signing of catcher Carlos Ruiz official last week. And while the specifics of his 3-year contract are up for debate among the baseball savvy, the awesomeness of Chooch off the field is most certainly not.
He added to his awesomeness in a special way last week.
Chooch showed up to surprise a local New Jersey kid who is battling leukemia and was honored by the local fire department and given a medal. Given that Carlos Ruiz was the boy's favorite player, he and his brother were extra emotional when Scott Palmer surprised them by introducing Chooch's presence. Oh, and some big green guy also made an appearance.
You can watch their wonderful reaction above.
With the Saint Florian medal dangling around his neck, Aiden and his 10-year-old brother, Max, were then each given a Carlos Ruiz jersey and a baseball autographed by the Phillies catcher. Moments later, Ruiz himself — to the surprise of nearly everyone in the auditorium — emerged from a door at the back of the stage and proceeded to engage Aiden in a 45-second, teary-eyed embrace.
“Sometimes things happen for some reason, but this is special that God put us all together right here,” said an emotional Ruiz. “Thanks to all the firefighters that came out and everybody else that is here and thank you for letting me be part of this.”
Always looks dapper in a suit, that Chooch.