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Brandon Inge Is My Hero, Part III

Still looking for video that truly tells the story of Brandon Inge’s remarkable visit with my friend’s little boy Noah, a patient at Mott’s Children’s Hospital who signed Brandon’s arm and asked him to hit a home run for him…which he did that night. I know ESPN came out to do a whole piece on Noah and Brandon, but I can’t find it anywhere online. Anyway, here’s some of the video:

And here’s a related story. Believe it or not, he’s done this once already before this season!

If you need the back story, go here and here.

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Brandon Inge Is My Hero, Part II

This is a completely unrelated update to an earlier post, but I don’t know how you don’t read this and well up a little bit.

In the moments after he homered Friday night, Brandon Inge broke down in the Tigers’ dugout.

“I lost it,” he said. “I was crying. That’s never happened to me during a game before.”

He wept because he was thinking of a 5-year-old named Noah.

Earlier Friday, Inge had spent 2 hours entertaining Noah at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

During their visit, Noah asked Inge to hit a home run for him Friday night.

On his first at-bat Friday night, on a 1-2 pitch from tough right-hander Matt Garza, Inge homered. The ball sailed well over the fence in left.

It was Inge’s 25th homer of the season and 121st of his career. As he talked about it Saturday, it seemed to have ascended near the top of his all-time list because of Noah.

Noah is a patient at Mott, but Saturday, he got some recreation. He was a guest of Inge’s at the Tigers game. A few times, Inge waved to him.

Inge said Friday night he was still fighting back the emotions when he made a throwing error the inning after his homer. But there was one thing about which he’d made no mistake: He’d come through for Noah.

I wish I could find the video online. If you do, please post a link.

(What makes this story even more inspiring for me is that I know personally someone who is very close to this special little guy.)