Reds All-Star first baseman Joey Votto hosted a terminally-ill Ohio man for Homer Bailey's no-hitter just two days before the man passed away.
Centerville, Ohio native Jeff Crews was diagnosed with Stage 4 Giloblastoma in June and was given just four-to-six weeks to live. Crews died on Thursday, but not before getting to spend the day at Great American Ball Park as a guest of Votto, and witnessing a no-hitter by Bailey, too.
Here is his amazing story as documented on the family's blog:
Now for the story of the amazing day we had on Tuesday, July 2nd. As Colleen explained in the previous post, one of Abby’s best friends contacted a family we know here in Dayton – the Trebnicks. Their family has a close connection with Joey Votto, the superstar of the Cincinnati Reds. When they reached out to Joey to see if he could do anything for our dad, he came through in a BIG way. We were given field passes for batting practice on Tuesday as well as some fantastic seats for the game....