SAN DIEGO — Call it the magic touch. Or maybe the laying on of hands.
Whatever it was, it worked.
Gerardo Parra hit a home run Sunday after asking an elderly female fan sitting near the on-deck circle to touch his bat before he went to the plate in the seventh inning. Parra was loosening to hit when he noticed the lady, whom he guessed was about 90.
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“She looked at me and said, ‘Let’s go, GP,'” Parra said.
“I said, ‘Touch my bat. If I get a base hit, I will bring it to you.”‘
Four pitches later, Parra hit a two-run home run, his third of the season, to give the Diamondbacks their final two runs in a 6-0 victory. It was his first hit of the day.
“Unbelievable,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “He went right to the bat boy and said ‘Hey, give me my bat,’ and he ran right over to her and gave it to her.”
Said Parra: “She was happy, and I was happy, too.
“It was a great moment for the grandmamma and a great moment for me, too.”