A young Cincinnati Reds fan got a surprise she'll likely never forget after her priceless reaction to his ejection from a recent game went viral on social media.
Reds slugger Joey Votto apologized to the 6-year-old, later identified as Abigail, after his first-inning ejection from Saturday's game against the Padres in San Diego.
Little Abigail -- rocking a Votto T-shirt -- looked to be on the verge of tears at the sight of her favorite player getting run out of the ballgame, in what was a rather animated confrontation with the home-plate umpire.
The adorable fan's expression of distress was captioned, "When it's your first MLB game and your favorite player of all time gets thrown out of the game in the first inning ..."
The Reds apparently noticed the post, and went about making things right. A couple hours after the initial post, a new one surfaced, showing a baseball autographed by Votto.
The ball was inscribed, "I am sorry I didn't play the entire game."
The next day, another followup post with a series of photos showed Abigail back at the ballpark, this time with a smiling Votto waving hello and posing from a few feet away in the Reds' dugout.
The post thanked Votto and the Reds for the tickets, and for taking the time to meet with the child.
"She is absolutely thrilled & couldn’t have had a better weekend! Thank you for making it so special!"
The Reds also posted video of the heartwarming encounter.