Oakland A’s Respond To Boy’s Heartbreaking Letter After Losing Home In Wildfires
By Sarah Kuta on October 17, 2017
We love this. 9-year old Loren Jaden Smith wrote an emotional letter to the Oakland A’s after learning his home had been destroyed, along with all his favorite sports memorabilia, in the fire in Santa Rosa.
“I love watching your A’s games… I want to be an A’s player and I play at Mark West Little League in Santa Rosa. I played baseball in my backyard all day loving the A’s and making up my own game. In my backyard they won six World Series in a row. But my house burned down in the Santa Rosa fire and my saddest things were my baseball collection cards… my 17 jerseys and 10 hats and my baseball from the game and also a ball signed by the whole team and Rickey Henderson and Bob Melvin. I am 9-years-old and I had a major league baseball and it all burned up… so sad. I know you are not all together but hope they get this.”
The ABC News affiliate in San Francisco met 9 year old Loren and his family following the fires. When he told them about the letter, they tweeted it to the team’s president, Dave Kaval. Well, that got his attention and the rest is history. Kaval replied to the tweet writing, “This is so touching. So sad to hear about their loss. We would be happy to completely outfit the family in new Athletics gear.”
The story also got the attention of retired A’s pitcher Dan Haren who is offering to help the boy’s family. A spokesperson for the A’s says they’re working on setting up a meeting with the family for later this week that will likely have several surprises!
— Katie Utehs (@KatieUtehs) October 15, 2017