Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor helps Make A Wish foundation grant a special request

September 5, 2018

Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor helps Make A Wish foundation grant a special request

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Once upon a time, Francisco Lindor was a boy on a baseball field, dreaming of playing ball with his idol, Roberto Alomar.

On Tuesday, Lindor was the one playing ball with a youngster who yearned to meet the young Major League Baseball star.

Christopher Petiton of Queens, N.Y., visited Progressive Field on Tuesday and spent time with Lindor and the Indians thanks to the Make A Wish foundation.

The high school infielder received an orthotopic heart transplant two years ago and, when offered the opportunity to have a wish granted, his heart was set on Cleveland.

“It’s awesome. It might be a dream for them, but it’s a dream for me too,” Lindor said of Petiton’s wish.” I want to impact kids’ lives. That’s what I’m here to do: play the game and impact people’s lives. Being able to share half of my day with him, it’s extremely special.”

Before they took the field for some grounders, Petiton visited the clubhouse with Lindor and the two took batting practice with the Indians in the cages.

Great stuff: As part of @MakeAWish, Chris Petiton from Queens, NY requested to spend a day with Francisco Lindor. Today, his wish was granted! #Indians pic.twitter.com/BAY2rLWNfB— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) September 4, 2018

When it was time to hit the field, Indians third base coach Mike Sarbaugh hit grounders to the duo, with Lindor giving the youngster pointers along the way.

As the workout ended, Petiton and his family took photos with several Indians players, while the high schooler received a signed Lindor jersey and plenty of autographs from the many players on the field.

To top it all off, with Petiton and his family watching intently, Lindor started the game with a home run.

“It’s a blessing,” Lindor said of Petiton’s wish to spend time with him. “It shows that we’re not only touching people’s lives here, but we’re touching people’s lives nationally and globally as well. It’s a beautiful thing.”

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