Baseball Student Manager with Muscular Dystrophy Honored with At-Bat

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 26, 2013

Drew Bonner had to give up baseball because of his muscular dystrophy, but he has remained close to the game he loves as a student manager. On Monday, his team honored him with one more at-bat. 

The Washington Post reports on a beautiful story that featured a batter in a wheelchair getting to first base on four straight balls, only to be greeted with congratulations and warm wishes from the opposition. 

It's safe to say everyone in attendance and those of us around the world taking in this remarkable video have been moved by the heartwarming gesture. 

As the report states, the Fairfax High School (Va.) student manager has always had a love for baseball, but he had to give up competitive sports when he was 11 years old because of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Bonner continues to be as close to the sport as he can: serving his varsity team, throwing out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game and even spending a day with Jim Thome when the slugger was with the White Sox. 

But this moment was all the more special for a young man who still craves to play the game, via the Washington Post

It was a lot of fun and brought back some good memories from when I used to play. I wasn’t nervous, but I was pretty excited. I can remember playing baseball all my life and it’s just one of the things that I really love to do.

It was a great feeling to get back in the box again.

The at-bat came during "Drew Bonner Night," which featured a team Bonner used to manage when he was in the seventh grade. The fact the Madison Warhawks junior varsity were on the field illustrates how thoroughly detailed this occasion was.  

The scene got all the more touching when Bonner took four straight balls to take his base. At that point, all of Madison cleared the dugout to give the young man a shower of applause and screams of "D-Bo."

Bonner will soon study computer science on an academic scholarship at the University of Virginia. Besides being a hard-working student, he is also an eagle scout and member of the homecoming court. 

As the report states, Fairfax coach Rick Freeman had been trying to come up with the best possible way to pay homage to a student who has meant so much to his school. 

I think he did quite well. 


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