Baseball takes a break for the game of life with two big fans - - Columbia, South Carolina

Baseball takes a break for the game of life with two big fans


As pre-practice for the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team begins, the team huddles up for what looks like a coach's speech.

But on this day, head coach Chad Holbrook isn't the center of attention. He's more like a photographer, taking pictures for two special visitors. 

Holbrook delayed practice so the young men he's teaching could meet Richard Culliver. He has brain cancer and he may not have long.

Along for the ride is one of Culliver's friends, a fellow cancer brain cancer patient named Kennedy. Her tumor is different, but it's stage four.

"You inspire them, so I'm glad you got to come," said Holbrook to the two kids. "Kennedy, I am too."

Catcher Grayson Greiner did find joy in this day too.

"We're out here playing baseball, and think it's the biggest thing in the world, but when you look at kids like Richard and Kennedy, it puts everything in perspective and you just want to give everything you have to make them feel as happy as possible," said player Grayson Greiner.

Happiness seemed to be in the air on this spring-like day. There was a game of catch with the coach, and plenty of time for autographs.

Kennedy thanked the players for their time, and they did the same for her.

And since cancer has stolen much of his speech, Culliver showed his appreciation in another way: the Robot.

And so in the Carolina sun, the players and the patients smiled together because time is precious and this is the game of life.

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