Washington Nationals player Joey Meneses warmed the hearts of baseball fans with his attempt to make things right for a young fan. The gesture was reminiscent of what Brett Connolly did for Keelan Moxley four years ago.
10-year-old Avery Gillard stood along the right field railings at Nationals Park with her mitt in hand, ready to catch any ball that came her way. She was attending the Nationals-Athletics game on September 1 alongside her 10U softball team, which was being highlighted by the Nats organization.
Avery and her teammates caught the attention of Nationals outfielder Joey Meneses, who tossed the ball to her. Unfortunately, Avery was a victim of what we see happen far too often, as an aggressive fan jumped in front to rob her of her ball.
Her mother, Gina Hillard, tweeted out the video, hoping to catch the attention of the team.
“Grown man steals baseball from little girl,” Hillard wrote. “@Nationals can you get Joey Meneses to sign a baseball and send it to my daughter?”