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Sam Fuld surprises young diabetic fan

When 7-year-old Rays fan Joseph found out he would get to yell out "Play ball!" over the speakers before Sunday's Royals-Rays game at Tropicana Field, he was ecstatic. And then, two minutes before he was scheduled to say the famous words, Joseph got a special surprise from someone he had always hoped to meet -- Sam Fuld.

When Fuld, a Type 1 diabetic, found out that Joseph also had diabetes, he immediately ran out of the clubhouse and onto the field to meet the youngster. The two chatted for several minutes before it came time for Joseph to make his big announcement. He said goodbye to Fuld and belted out his line to a huge cheer from the Tropicana Field crowd.

-- Jonathan Gantt / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent