Willson Contreras Surprises 11-Year Old with Down Syndrome at School

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 23, 2018

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras looks onto the dugout in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
John Minchillo/Associated Press

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras gave a young fan a pleasant surprise on Thursday.

Per Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times, Contreras arrived at Franklin Park's Engel School for kids with special needs to hang out with Daniel Rodriguez, who has Down syndrome, and 60 of his classmates. 

Rodriguez, 11, first met Contreras at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, in 2017. He also got to spend time with the Cubs All-Star at spring training in 2017 and last year when Rodriguez received a VIP experience at Wrigley Field and was gifted with a signed helmet, batting gloves and jersey. Contreras hit a three-run homer in that game against the Chicago White Sox

"From the first moment that he saw him, that they interacted … they were just communicating in their own little way," Rodiguez's mother, Nyvia Crespo, told Kenney. "That first impression has lasted him until this day … Willson just made him feel so much better that day. It's like his medicine."

During their time together Thursday, Contreras and Rodriguez played whiffle ball and corn hole. 

Related

    The Significance of a Hot Start for the 2020 Cubs

    Chicago Cubs logo
    Chicago Cubs

    The Significance of a Hot Start for the 2020 Cubs

    View all posts by MartyLavelle
    via On Tap Sports Net

    Arenado: 'All I Want to Do Is Win'

    Nolan Arenado still frustrated with Rockies: ‘I wasn’t mad that I wasn’t traded. I was just upset it was out there’

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Arenado: 'All I Want to Do Is Win'

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    Rizzo Knew Cubs Needed Ross as a Manager Back in 2014

    Chicago Cubs logo
    Chicago Cubs

    Rizzo Knew Cubs Needed Ross as a Manager Back in 2014

    Brett Taylor
    via Bleacher Nation | Chicago Sports News, Rumors, and Commentary

    Mets Fans Venmo'd Van Wagenen to Spend More

    Mets GM said he didn't even know he had a Venmo 😂

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Mets Fans Venmo'd Van Wagenen to Spend More

    Adam Wells
    via Bleacher Report