Phillies' Mayberry visits patients at Nemours

By Gianna Banner 4:10pm, August 2, 2013 - Updated 4:14pm, August 2, 2013
VIDEO: WDEL's Gianna Banner reports
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. explained that hitting a walk-off grand slam was a career highlight of his. For several A.I. duPont Hospital patients, their Friday highlight was meeting the baseball player.

WDEL's Gianna Banner has the story.

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When John Mayberry Jr. walked into Nemours Child Life Activity Center, young fans and families cheered with smiling faces.

Mayberry answered several questions ranging from baseball advice to where's the best place to get a cheese steak?

The Phillies star says visiting the patients in Delaware is something he'll always remember.

"Just the looks on their faces, I think that the smiles are genuine, the excitement is genuine, and just to be a part of that and just being a part of their spirits being uplifted like that is just awesome," said Mayberry.

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After Mayberry answered some fun and spontaneous questions, the 29-year-old signed autographs, took pictures, and gave out goodies.

The outfielder was glad to step away from the game for a second, and Zion Boone explained to WDEL why Mayberry is his favorite.

"He really tries his best to win," said Boone.

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Mayberry played pool, traded cards, and let a fan wear his jersey before heading to the ballpark.


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