Cincinnati Red Teddy Kremer is getting his own Topps baseball card. Given that hundreds of players and managers grace the fronts of baseball cards every year, this should come as no surprise. But he isn't a player or a manager. Teddy, a 30-year-old with Down's Sydrome, is an occasional bat boy for the Reds.
It began in 2012 when Teddy's mother won a silent auction at his school to be the guest bat boy for the Reds for a night. From there it grew, based on fan support and Teddy’s infectious enthusiasm. According to Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini, "That first game was just me, fulfilling an auction obligation. People sitting on the first base side [above the Reds dugout] could see his beaming face, how animated he was. By the end of the night, the whole stadium was picking up on it."
The Reds asked him to return, and he started working for the Reds at the Great American Park during the summer in various capacities.
Kremer was also a guest of Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) at President Obama's State of the Union in February, where he sat in the Speaker’s gallery box. Said Boehner’s deputy Chief of State Dave Schnittger, “There’s no shortage of Reds fans on our staff. Everybody was familiar with Ted’s story ... It’s a story that showcases the best of a lot of things the Speaker holds dear — the city of Cincinnati, the Reds organization and more fundamentally, the idea that every individual has the potential to do amazing things.”