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Brock Meets Brandon Phillips

“ It was more than I ever dreamed ”


- Brock

Brock lives and breathes baseball. From the crack of the bat to the cheer of the crowd, Brock is happiest when he is on the field.

But Brock spends more time with doctors than his baseball team because he also has a life-threatening autoimmune disease. “Since he was five days old, Brock has had blood transfusions every month. He has had numerous surgeries – he can tell you exactly how many,” said Brock’s mom, Kristi.

It’s the love of the game and his favorite team the Cincinnati Reds, which keep Brock returning to the field – even after his many hospital stays and treatments.

For his wish, Brock shared, “I chose to meet Brandon Phillips because I’m a second baseman and I admire the way he plays the game.” His mom added, “Brock’s very positive and smiley like Brandon Phillips – he even named his hamster BP! He’s just a huge fan.”

When Brock stepped out onto the baseline of Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, his dream of meeting his favorite team and player became reality. Sporting an official Reds jersey with “B-Rock” and #42 on the back (for Jackie Robinson), Brock was one of the team.

He collected autographs and watched the team practice. Then, the moment he had been waiting for arrived, when he saw his hero – Brandon Phillips! They talked about the game, exchanged autographs and played a quiet game of catch that spoke volumes. To end his special day, Brock and his family watched the post-game fireworks from the Reds’ dugout. 

About his wish come true, Brock said, “It was unbelievable. I can’t even put it into words how it went – more than I ever dreamed of.” 

Brock's wish marks a milestone 13,000 wishes granted by the Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter. Search #Wish13k on social media to see more of Brock's wish.

  • Louisville Slugger creates two commemorative bats for Brock's wish.

  • Brock meets several players during batting practice.

  • The newest member of the Reds team, B-Rock!

  • B-Rock and his biggest fan - Mom!

  • Brock's wish come true - meeting Brandon Phillips.

  • Brock signs Brandon Phillips' t-shirt.

  • Brock gives Brandon a high five!

  • Brock plays a game of catch with Brandon.

  • Brandon Phillips talks baseball with Brock.

  • Brock's wish marks 13,000 wishes for the Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter.

  • Brock and his family are ready for the game to start.

  • Mr. Red gives B-Rock a special seat visit.

  • Brock is all smiles on his wish day.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

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