Before the Cleveland Indians played the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, an eight-year-old with cerebral palsy named Niko Lanzarotta got to meet with some of the Cleveland players down on the field.
And when he met second baseman Jason Kipnis, and his favorite player, catcher Carlos Santana, he asked BOTH of them to hit a homer for him.
Neither of those guys are huge home run threats . . . they each have 16 homers this season. But in the bottom of the first inning, Santana homered to right. Then in the bottom of the third . . . so did Kipnis. And the Indians went on to win, 7-to-2.
Kipnis hadn't homered in over a month, and hadn't even gotten a HIT in his last four games . . . so he said Niko must be a good luck charm. And maybe he's right: Niko's been to six Indians games, and they've won every single one.
After the game, Niko's father told the press that, quote, "to see your kid that happy is a great thing." (Yahoo / Huffington Post / CBS Sports)