Courageous local teen visits Rays, presents award to David Price
Florida teen Kevin Garcia won the 2013 Freddie Solomon Moral Courage Award at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission Sneaker Soirée on Thursday. Joe Maddon was so inspired by the high school senior, who plays basketball despite suffering from scoliosis, that he invited him to be his guest of honor at Tropicana Field the following night.
David Price was slated to be recognized at the same event, but had been unable to attend. The Rays invited Kevin to present Price with the Rays Moment of the Year Award before Friday's game against the Yankees. Kevin met with Maddon, played catch with Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and was interviewed by local news.
That night, Price also played catch with another young fan on the field. Despite being only seven, Cameron Copple threw one of the better ceremonial first pitches we've ever seen:
-- Emory Brinkman / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent