Reds Fans' Favorite Batboy, Ted Kremer, Immortalized with Topps Baseball Card

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Reds Fans' Favorite Batboy, Ted Kremer, Immortalized with Topps Baseball Card
Photo Credit: Cincinnati Enquirer Twitter

This has been one amazing year for Teddy Kremer

The Cincinnati Enquirer (h/t The Big Lead) reports Kremer, a 30-year-old with Down syndrome, features in a special 2013 Topps Update baseball set that reportedly released at some point last week. 

We encourage you to head out to the garage, dust off your own collection of baseball cards and appreciate just how cool it would be to be on one of those things.

For the moment, we will have to live vicariously through Kremer featured in the following card, pictured in a tweet from the Enquirer.

For those uninitiated, Kremer is a man who had the joy of serving as the Reds bat boy a couple of times. His most recent was by far his most eventful. 

Yahoo! Sports reported back in April that Kremer served his post for the team after winning an auction back in 2012. 

The team seemed to enjoy his company, because it invited him back this April. Cincinnati.com takes it away with a report on a wonderful moment during that early-season game. 

Kremer was ecstatic to once again serve as bat boy, and he asked that the team get 11 runs and 11 strikeouts (crucial to the team's free pizza giveaway). He also asked that Todd Frazier hit a home run. 

Well, Kremer got his pizza, and Frazier hit him a home run: 

After the game, Frazier had this to say, via Cincinnati.com

I started smiling even before I hit home plate because I knew it. They said he forgot to pick the bat up, so the umpire was yelling at him. It was such a great a great guy. You can’t get mad — even if you have a terrible day. How can you be mad when you’ve got a guy like that around?

The entire team adores Kremer and so do any MLB fans who come in contact with his story. Now he gets a baseball card of his very own. 

Frazier made sure to chime in on Twitter: 

The Cincinnati Enquirer report states Kremer's parents were pleased the Reds allowed such a treat, because baseball cards are normally relegated to players and coaches. 

Well, Kremer is something of an unofficial part of the Reds' 2013 campaign, and a big one at that. 

As an added side note, it seems there is a market for rare cards still. Reportedly, a Kremer card on eBay sold for $149.99 with another garnering $82. 

There have been so many wonderful moments from this season, but Kremer's brief and jubilant time spent as bat boy was one of the more enjoyable. 

Now some lucky collectors have a special card to immortalize that moment. 

 

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