Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/10/13
Toronto fell to Josh Reddick and the A’s 14-6 Friday night, but Jose Bautista can chalk up a win for his gesture in the contest. Last Sunday, 9-year-old Derek Lendosky of Fennimore, Wis., a huge Blue Jays and Bautista fan, died in a tragic UTV accident. On Wednesday, his father Steve Lendosky reached out to the Toronto slugger on Twitter about the death of his son. Lendosky informed Bautista that his son would be buried in a Bautista jersey along with a ball that the All-Star had given him. Lendosky didn’t ask the outfielder for anything, but Bautista was moved enough by the tweet that he decided to dedicate Friday night’s game against Oakland to Derek. “I got a lot of similar requests and I can’t get to all of them. But I did some follow up on this one, and when someone tells you they will bury their son in your jersey, its tough,” Bautista said before Friday night’s game. Behind Reddick’s three home runs, the A’s stormed out to a 14-3 lead, but in the 8th inning, Bautista came to the plate in his fourth at-bat of the game, and with all of Fennimore watching, he belted a monstrous home run to left field for his 26th blast of the season. Bautista ended the night going 3-for-5. The four-time All Star delivered on his promise, and Derek’s father reached out to Bautista after the game thanking him and saying that he made an entire community smile that night. Check out the exchange between Bautista and Derek’s father in the tweets below. @JoeyBats19 he would be on cloud 9. I am sure he is looking down on us smiling. You are too kind. What a wonderful gesture. Thank you.— Steve Lendosky (@iamlongball) August 09, 2013 You are a true class act @JoeyBats19 . You now have lifelong fans. We appreciate your kind gesture. Thank you so much.— Steve Lendosky (@iamlongball) August 10, 2013 Filed under: Anna Fogel, Headlines, MLB, Toronto Blue Jays, Twitter
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker