Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz made news on Wednesday for taking time to acknowledge a young fan who had made contact with him via Twitter. The two shared a day together at SunTrust, and Folty was able to deliver a special experience to a devoted young man.
Foltynewicz started the initiative on May 5, when he paid a surprise visit to his neighborhood buddy, Kaiden Drum, and his third-grade classmates at Due West Elementary School. The pitcher's friendship with Drum had started a few months earlier after he had walked up the street to shoot basketball with the young boy. Foltynewicz also paid a visit to approximately 35 orphans at Calvary Children's Home on June 9 and made a surprise visit as the Braves staged their Youth Baseball Camp at SunTrust Park on July 14. He plans to grow this initiative and become more involved within the Atlanta community over the next few years.
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