Hard work always leads to rewards — sometimes when they’re least expected.
Nine-year-old Kolt Kyler was just finishing up a long day of chores on the farm when his father rewarded the young Chicago Cubs fan with something extra special — tickets to the Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game at the historic Wrigley Field.
Hannah Himes, Kolt’s older half-sister, said the tickets were well-deserved for many reasons.
“Kolt has been helping his dad on their farm for a couple years with their cows, but recently Kolt got two pigs to show for 4H [a youth development and mentoring organization] for the first time so he’s had to work extra hard!,” Himes wrote to ABC News in an email.
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“He also made the travel baseball team again this year so he’s been busy with regular season, travel team, farm chores, Cub Scouts, and he is also an honor roll student!”
In the clip posted by Hines, Kolt’s father, Andy Kyler, told the youngster that he was being tested that day with a day-long string of chores.
“And you never once complained,” he told his son.
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
— Hannah Himes (@HannahHimes) April 16, 2017
Hines described what Kolt’s day consisted of.
“He had a double header that morning/afternoon, he mowed our grandma’s yard and then came home for chores and that’s when he got his surprise,” she wrote. “Before he was given the tickets he was asked if he would help with something that would take a whole day to do, and not knowing what it was he still volunteered to help. I think more people in the world should take note of Kolt’s work ethic, attitude, and thankfulness.”
Hines indicated that the tickets represented a couple of firsts for Kolt.
“It will be his first time watching the Cubs in person and his first time to Wrigley,” said Himes. “We’re all so excited for him. It’ll be a good father-son day.”
The video Hines posted went viral and attracted the attention of Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant, who decided to make Kolt’s day at Wrigley Field extras special.
Can’t wait to see you Kolt! https://t.co/86rcxatYub
— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) April 19, 2017
Other Cubs’ greats got into the swing of things and upgraded their seats.
@iowahawkblog @Cubs Rizzo has them covered https://t.co/xois9qienW
— L (@OrwellForks) April 20, 2017
This is awesome. When u come for the game Kolt I’ll have BP passes waiting for you. No better place to see the @Cubs then right on the field https://t.co/P7Ma2p4MUh
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) April 20, 2017
Not only did Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo come through, but so did pitcher Jon Lester, who offered father and son his personal box seats.
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@HannahHimes @Cubs Hey Kolt, I know you guys have tickets but how about you and your dad sit in my personal seats when ya’ll come to Wrigley?
— Jon Lester (@JLester34) April 20, 2017
And the hearts of America melted.
@KrisBryant_23 You gotta hit one for this kid!
— Paul McGrath (@OldNewsDog) April 20, 2017
@swanson244 @KrisBryant_23 We from the farm towns love seeing this farm family represent proudly❤
— VK (@vjeannek) April 20, 2017
@iowahawkblog @ABC I managed to hold out until that final ‘thank you’ ?
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) April 20, 2017
@iowahawkblog Impossible not to
— CHHR (@CHHR01) April 20, 2017
@iowahawkblog Why you make me cry?????
— shorty (@shorty8664) April 20, 2017
@iowahawkblog Liberals take notice parenting 101
— Wack-a-terrorist (@GunsmithA) April 20, 2017
@JasonDDay @KrisBryant_23 Priceless!
— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) April 20, 2017
It wasn’t long before media outlets picked the the story and requested permission to use the video. It was granted each time.
@HannahHimes @Cubs Hello Hannah! I’m with CNN. Would we be allowed to use this video on our platforms?
— Jill Martin (@ByJillMartin) April 18, 2017
@HannahHimes @Cubs Hi Hannah! This is so sweet. Could we have permission to use this on SB Nation platforms with credit to you everywhere? Thanks!
— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 18, 2017
@HannahHimes @Cubs Hi Hannah! May we have permission to use this video across all platforms if we credit you? Thanks!
— SI Assignment Desk (@SI_assigndesk) April 19, 2017
.@Cubs Kolt made it on @espn ! Such a proud big sister ❤️?? pic.twitter.com/o6QP6PInTN
— Hannah Himes (@HannahHimes) April 18, 2017
.@Cubs Lights, camera, ACTION! ? @NBCNews @Cubs pic.twitter.com/vQpCTO01ef
— Hannah Himes (@HannahHimes) April 18, 2017
After seeing the video, be honest. It made your eyes leak, didn’t it.
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