WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS) – A small leaguer received a major league surprise in the Washington Township Police Department on Tuesday after a horrific accident on a baseball field.
AJ Gay is 13 years old and a big Phillies fan. About a month ago, he sustained a serious head injury after colliding with baseball practice at Bethel Mill Park.
“I do not remember what happened that day,” AJ said.
“I walk over there, and he’s on the ground, and it was very difficult to see. He collided with a teammate in the knee, and his skull was broken back here, says Renee Gay, mother of AJ.
The officers who were first on site wanted to do something special for him during the recovery, and what’s better than asking for a favor from a furry friend?
“That was one of the first questions he asked when he finally regained consciousness, ‘Did Phillies win? “Like you do not even know what day it is, but do you care if Phillies won?” Said Renee Gay.
“When we heard how important the Phillies were to him, we wanted to do something special,” Jessica Walton told the Washington Township Police Department.
Phillie Phanatic hid in a room next door and ran through the door with a gift for AJ, a JT Realmuto jersey – AJ’s favorite player.
“Hopefully it encourages him and makes his summer the best,” said Washington Township Police Chief Pat Gurcsik.
And while Phanatic is his second favorite, AJ and his family are so grateful.
“I mean, thank you all for saving my baby,” Renee Gay said.
Phanatic sealed his special visit by stealing cookies and kissing the boss, and most importantly, cheering on AJ long after the first 911 call.
“She said that all the support and help they have received, they think is what has helped him so well,” Walton said.
AJ says he can not wait to get back on the field, and he hopes to become a professional baseball player when he grows up.