Teddy Kremer tells his inspirational story.
Nothing—not the state championship, Disney World, President Obama waving at me, or getting my own baseball card—can top the night of April 18, 2013. On that night, I was at the Great American Ball Park as batboy for the Cincinnati Reds. It was the second time I was the Reds’ batboy. The year before, I was an honorary batboy for the Reds because my parents won a bid at a silent auction. When I walked on the field in that first game and met the players, it was so exciting! That night the Reds hit seven home runs and Manager Dusty Baker said, “Seems you’re our good luck charm, Teddy.” I guess that’s why they invited me back.
Stealing First comes this spring from Deeds Publishing. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati.
Susan on Goodreads wrote:
I know both Mike and Diane and they wrote a fantastic book! highly recommended for any one with a Down Syndrome child or relative. I laughed and cried and can't wait to tell my book club friends that it is a must read
Everyone should read this book. Whether you have a special needs person in your life or not, this book will open your heart and make you smile until your cheeks hurt! Parts of Teddy's story might make you cry. Definitely will bring the occasional tear to your eye. But, you will feel his resilient spirit and hopefully allow it to become a part of you, too.
Teddy is the star, but his parents and teachers are the heroes of his story. We are all blessed that Teddy's parents did not listen to the geneticist who recommended putting baby Teddy in an institution, and that they worked tirelessly to advocate for him. It is a story not only about what people with special needs can achieve with persistence and perseverance and a little help from their friends, but also a message of encouragement to us all to keep trying and never give up.
I feel like I know him now, though we have never met--but I sure hope to meet Teddy in person one day!