Philadelphia – Perhaps it was Bryson Stott’s home win this week with the Phillies leading the prayer.
The 8-year-old Phillies fan was caught on camera with his hands pressed together, the Phillies rally cap flipped inside out before Stott crashed into his home three-stroke on Sunday with two ninth-stroke naysayers he couldn’t believe his silent plea had been answered. .
“I wanted him to hit the house,” Caden Marge said.
Marge’s prayer for Stott came fitting, of course, while he was rooting for the angels.
Marge, his mom, dad, younger sister and several of his Little League teammates stood behind a batting cage Friday night and met Stott and teammates like Kyle Schwarber before the Phillies played Arizona at Citizens Bank Park.
“I want to get the Philis to sign things,” said Marge. “The whole team. We’ll make them sign my hat!”
How about a bat? Stott, 24, signed one of his bats, “To Caden. Thanks for helping! Go Phils!”
Joe Marge and his family, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, attended their first Phillies game of the year Sunday at Division 203 on the right field when TV cameras caught Caden praying and apparently crying, ready to delve deeper into Stott. Stott won the match after Bryce Harper tied the Grand Slam for eighth, and the Phillies tied for a 9-7 win.
“That’s just him,” said Joe Marge. “He lives and dies with every ground, every score, and any team.”
The kid’s reaction exploded around Philadelphia and all over baseball and Stott noticed him.
Stott tweeted for the first time via a clip from the house, “Baby in the bleachers is unreal!!!” Joe Marge saw the tweet and reached out to the booming Alzaczak. Stott tweeted, “Wow!! Send me a direct message and I’ll see if we can help you meet some guys during BP.”
They all met on Friday.
The Marge family already had tickets – Caden’s Little League team is the Diamondbacks and they wanted to catch the big league team up close. Despite this, The Phillies invited everyone to watch Section 115 below the first baseline.
Caden’s favorite player before the big hit was Harper. Now, it’s a tie with Stott.
Marge’s family couldn’t believe her luck.
“We see it everywhere,” said Joe Marge. “People use his face for reactions.”
Even better, the Phillies took on a seven-game winning streak in the game — thanks in large part to Dinger and prayer.