CLEVELAND — Nico Lanzarotta, an 8-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy, is a huge Indians fan.
The Indians are becoming huge fans of Nico as well.
For the third time in a week, an Indians player hit a home run after Nico made the request, as the team won its fourth game in a row, beating the New York Mets 9-4 on Saturday night at Progressive Field.
It all started last weekend when Nico attended the team’s batting practice before the game.
Nico’s favorite players, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis, both gave him bats. He then asked the players to hit home runs for him.
You guessed it — both of them did.
The two fans who caught the balls came to the ballpark Saturday to give them to Nico.
Ironically, one of those fans, Megan Gillombardo, is a special-needs teacher.
She said she wanted to give Nico the ball “to complete the full dream.”
But the dream continues.
At Saturday’s game, Nico said he wanted Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera to hit homers. Santana got a hit in the first, then hit the ball hard and deep in the 7th inning. Unfortunately, the ball stayed in the park.
Cabrera came up in the same inning. He was hitless in his last 19 at-bats and hadn’t hit a ball in a week.
But what happened next proves Nico is the team’s good luck charm.
Cabrera hit a shot just inside the right field foul pole for a three-run homer.
Nico says the whole experience with the team has been “really awesome.” The Indians players, who have really taken to Nico, likely feel the same way.
Nico has been to seven Indians games in the past two years. The club’s record in those games is 7-0.