All the calls and texts were meaningful. When Penny Svenson moved away from her Columbus, Ga., home to take up temporary residence near Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta where her daughter, Tori, was receiving chemotherapy, family and friends reached out and were in constant contact.
But one relative strangers interest touched Penny more than most.
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla had met Tori during batting practice at Turner Field in the summer of 2011. It was one of those promotions all MLB teams run where sick kids come out to the ballpark for a special night. Players are always generous at these things, especially with children. But once the game starts, the brief relationship usually ends.
Its not that major league players are jaded or indifferent -- most are incredibly thoughtful and caring. Its just that they meet cancer patients, wounded warriors, injured firefighters, widows, orphans and the developmentally challenged almost every day of the season. Connecting with all ...