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Reds batboy Teddy Kremer brings back love of the game

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Teddy Kremer is fiercely loyal to his teams.

A life-long Cincinnati sports fan, he was a manager for the state champion Colerain High School football team in 2004. He has a room full of plaques, pictures and medals documenting his accomplishments, including his days as a competitive swimmer.

Teddy, who has Down syndrome, was raised on Cincinnati Reds baseball. As a kid, he could rattle off lineups and the statistics of his favorite players.

These days, however, Teddy has a much deeper connection to his hometown team.

At a school fundraiser, his parents, Dave and Cheryl Kremer placed the only bid in a silent auction to be an honorary batboy with the Reds.

"I kind of thought he'd go down in the dugout, maybe... meet them, and you know some of them would just come over to him and talk and then we'd go to seats. Then they'd say this is the honorary batboy, and we just never dreamed that it would turn into this type of opportunity," explained Cheryl Kremer.

The team's regular batboy, Luke Stowe, showed him the ropes.

"When he came in he was giving everyone high fives. I was introducing him to the guys and he was real energetic and lively. I knew right then that this kid is going to be something special," said Stowe.

Less than one year after that first night in the dugout, Teddy was back for a second stint working between innings at Great American Ball Park.

Third baseman Todd Frazier gave Teddy a wristband he'll always keep and a memory he'll never forget.

"My last at bat before I got taken out I'm standing on the step, and he snuck up behind me again. He's like, 'Hey, c'mon, you can hit me a home run. Please hit me a home run'. I said alright, you got it," Frazier explained.

And that he did.

Frazier explains the moment as 'surreal', when he rounded third and saw Teddy with a big smile on his face.

"I gave him a big bear hug, and he was pointing to the sky. It was like he hit that home run. It was pretty cool, you know. He was with me right there," said Frazier.

Out of all the things the Reds have said about Teddy's spirit, it may have been said best on Twitter.

Reds' second baseman Brandon Phillips tweeted: "Teddy came in here and blessed us with his energy and his presence that day: Enjoy life, be yourself, go out and play hard. Give it all you got. He's a reminder to us all."

A picture of him as the honorary bat boy and that tweet now hang on the wall over Teddy's bed.

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