After starting Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, thought he was done answering media questions. Then, a 10-year old boy walked up to the podium.
Blake Grice, a Denver, Colorado resident, waited patiently to ask Kershaw questions throughout the press conference. He spoke to the nine-time All Star, showing courage.
Blake overcome his nerves and spoke with Kershaw in front a packed room of photographers and reporters. Blake didn’t ask any questions, he simply wanted to share something with Kershaw.
“I want to quickly tell you a story,”Blake began. “My grandpa loved you. He watched the 1988 World Series. He wanted to meet you and Vin Scully one day. So this moment is important for me, because I’m meeting you for him. He was from Redondo Beach and a little while ago he died from brain cancer.”
Blake started to cry, and Kershaw got up behind the podium and gave Blake a hug.
“Come here, dude,”Kershaw. “It’s great to meet you. That took a lot of courage to tell me that. Great to meet you. Your grandad sounded like an awesome guy. Thanks for coming up.”
NBC LAMichael J. Duarte was a sports reporter and captured the moment on video.
Graham George Grice was Blake’s grandfather. After a 30-year battle to beat brain cancer, he died in December 2014. He had been victorious in the fight against this deadly disease several times before and made a list to complete his five-year journey. He made a list that included Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon travel, as well meeting Vin Scully, a Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster, and Clayton Kershaw, his favorite player.
Graham didn’t get to tick those moments off of his bucket list. Blake, however, has made a vow to live them.
The MLB allowed Blake, Barrie his father and his brother with Autism to travel from Denver to Los Angeles to attend the 92nd Annual MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.
After an incredible weekend of All Star events Blake finally got to meet Kershaw on Tuesday.
“It’s really hard for me because he’s not here to do that and be with us when we just met Kershaw,”Blake said. “This is a special moment for me. It was a wonderful feeling to do something my Papi wanted. We’re still trying hard to achieve everything on his bucket-list. Kershaw was my first meeting, so that’s one thing done.
Blake spoke only to NBC LA He said that his dream is to become a sports media member one day. He also has his own YouTube channel where he can practice.
Barrie Blake, Blake’s dad, stated that his son nearly died shortly after being born. He spent over a month in an incubator before he was able to return home with his family. Barrie called his son “a boy.” “miracle,”He said that it would be a miracle for him to meet Vin Scully.
Well, NBC LAScully was contacted and he let his family know about Blake and his grandfather’s story. Young Blake can now check off another moment from his grandfather’s bucketlist, if he is feeling up to it.
Blake stated that he was “out to change the world for the better,”There’s no doubt that he’s doing it now.