Seattle Mariners are a hit at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
When 4-year-old Michael Teppner awoke from leg surgery, his cast had been "autographed" by Buzz Lightyear, Captain America, and all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
This morning, Michael was wide awake and smiling while his cast was autographed by a few other people he looks up to: a pair of Seattle Mariners baseball players.
Mariners pitchers Danny Farquhar and Charlie Furbush, as well as their furry friend Mariner Moose, brought some cheer today to the kids at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
(See more photos from the visit in the Mariners Facebook album.)
The players chatted with the young patients and their families, posed for photos and handed out autograph cards, baseballs, stuffed Mariner Moose toys and duffel bags.
The smallest patients were happy to give hugs to the Mariner Moose, while the older kids exchanged handshakes and high fives with the players.
The commute to Mary Bridge was a short drive for Farquhar, who lives in Tacoma because he started the season with the Tacoma Rainiers. He was called up to Seattle in May, then promoted to the role of closer in August. His 13 saves since Aug. 3 are the most of any Major League reliever in that span.
This was the second time this year that Mariners players visited Mary Bridge. Previously, the Mariners visited Jan. 9 to kick off their 2013 Mariners Care "Get Well" Tour, presented by Holland America Line.
You don't have to be a member of the Seattle Mariners (or a Moose) to support the kids at Mary Bridge. Learn how you can help at marybridgefoundation.org.
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