Erin Kozy (via CNN)

The attendance of 16 of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was part of the surprise. 

By Dan Gartland
August 26, 2019

It’s never too late

Despite living just six miles from their home stadium, 99-year-old Pirates fan Catherine Kyle had never seen her favorite team play live. That is, until Saturday, when her family surprised her with a trip to the ballpark for her upcoming birthday. 

Nearly Kyle’s entire family (16 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren) went out to Saturday night’s game against the Reds at PNC Park.

“I was really surprised,” Kyle told CNN. “They like to surprise me.”

The surprise also included an autographed baseball from Francisco Cervelli, Kyle’s favorite Pirate (who unfortunately was released earlier in the week). 

“This was a collective effort between many of her grandkids and great-grandkids, and I just feel lucky to be a part of it,” grandchild Erin Kozy told local CBS affiliate KDKA. “But they really made this come together. It was a lot of moving parts.”

But all their planning couldn’t have guaranteed the best part: the Pirates crushed the Reds 14–0. 

Aaron Judge is a man of his word

Here’s a clip of Aaron Judge’s interaction with an elderly fan before the Yankees’ game against the Dodgers last night. 

And here’s what Judge did in his second at-bat of the night. 

The man, we later learned, was the father of Yankees catching coach Jason Brown, John. 

“I’ve seen [John Brown] all over the place, and I missed seeing him when we played in Anaheim this year, so I went over there and just said hello to him and said I’d get one for him, and I was able to do that today,” Judge told reporters after the game. “Wind was blowing out, though, so that helped.”

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Around the sports world

Spero Dedes had an unfortunate slip of the tongue during the Chargers-Seahawks game. ... The New York Times profiled Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s grandmother, who has now cooked for two generations of baseball players. ... Everybody hated MLB’s Players Weekend jerseys, even the players themselves

We’re losing the most entertaining mic’d-up player in the NFL

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