Jose Bautista dedicated yesterday’s game to a young fan who died

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Just an example of how social media can bring fans and players closer. Even under unfortunate circumstances.

Derek Lendosky, a 9-year-old boy from Fennimore, WI, was killed in an accident last Sunday. He was a Blue Jays and Jose Bautista fan. His father tweeted to Bautista on Wednesday:

Bautista responded to Mr. Lendosky, offering condolences on his family’s loss. Then:

The Jays lost, but Bautista hit a homer and two doubles. After the game Lendosky thanked Bautista:

You can see a video report about it all here.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.