Chloe Grimes has been battling cancer for most of the past six years. The 8-year-old’s determination got the attention of the Tampa Bay Rays, who invited her to throw out the first pitch in a game earlier this season.
It also gave Grimes, known on social media as Chloe the Princess Warrior, the chance to meet her idol: Brett Phillips.
The two bonded. Grimes gave the former Seminole High standout a bracelet before the game. He not only wore the bracelet, he used it as inspiration, hitting a monster home run that was dedicated to his new friend.
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Later that week Phillips (featured photo above courtesy of Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays) went to Grimes house to give the home run ball.
So, it was understandable that Grimes was upset when Phillips was designated for assignment on Monday, meaning he would likely no longer be a Ray if he did not clear waivers.
But that did not mean they were no longer friends.
In fact, Phillips stopped by to visit Grimes on Tuesday and show her the glove they designed, the one that the glove company Wilson put together.
Soon after, Phillips was on a new team. The Rays traded Phillips to the Orioles for cash considerations.
Nevertheless, Grimes still is his No. 1 fan.