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Viral video fan gets Wrigley VIP treatment

Surprised by Cubs tickets earlier this year, young Kolt enjoys dream day
MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

CHICAGO -- Kolt Kyler, the 9-year-old Indiana boy whose dad presented him with Cubs tickets as a reward for all the hard work he's done, had his day at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Kolt was accompanied by his brother, Klay, 6, his parents, Andy and Natalie, and his sister, Hannah, who posted the video of the boy receiving the tickets as a surprise. Andy Kyler said he became a Cubs fan because of his grandfather and father, and gave Kolt the tickets before Easter.

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CHICAGO -- Kolt Kyler, the 9-year-old Indiana boy whose dad presented him with Cubs tickets as a reward for all the hard work he's done, had his day at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Kolt was accompanied by his brother, Klay, 6, his parents, Andy and Natalie, and his sister, Hannah, who posted the video of the boy receiving the tickets as a surprise. Andy Kyler said he became a Cubs fan because of his grandfather and father, and gave Kolt the tickets before Easter.

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"We always have the Cubs games on," Andy said.

On Saturday, while Wrigley Field hosted Major League Baseball's second annual Play Ball initiative, Kolt got to touch the ivy on the outfield wall, help the grounds crew prep the field, sit in the dugout, and meet the Cubs players, including his favorite, shortstop Addison Russell, which sort of upset Anthony Rizzo.

Tweet from @HannahHimes: Surprised with @Cubs tickets for working hard at school, on the farm, and on the baseball field ������ He may or may not be their biggest fan! pic.twitter.com/EVsufB5cSF

Rizzo met the boys first, and he asked Kolt who his favorite player was.

"Addy," Kolt said.

"Let's try that again," Rizzo said. "Who's your favorite player?"

"Addison Russell," Kolt said, not budging.

Klay then jumped in to say Rizzo was his favorite.

"It's just mind boggling to think it came to this," Natalie said of being on the field. "We just thought [the video] would be on there for family and friends and the normal group on social media and didn't think too much of it."

But daughter Hannah posted it on Twitter and got responses from Rizzo, Jon Lester and the Cubs.

"I just thought it was a cute video to post," Hannah said.

When the Kyler group arrived at Wrigley Field on Saturday, Clark the mascot was there to greet them.

"The look on their faces was priceless," Natalie said.

Kolt helps on the farm with the cows and the pigs, who are his 4-H project. Klay helps collect eggs from the chickens. The pigs weren't named after any of the players, but are called "Ebony" and "Ivory." Maybe next time?

"This is surreal," Andy said, looking around Wrigley Field. "We just wanted to take the boys to a ballgame."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell