FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto attended the visitation Thursday of a 6-year-old boy whose battle with pediatric cancer inspired his community.
Votto quietly joined hundreds of other mourners who paid their respects to Walter "Superbubz" Herbert at Fairfield Central Elementary School.
He declined to move to the front of the line and brought the family flowers.
Walter "Superbubz" Herbert's father, wanted to invite Votto but didn't know how to get a message to him.
Votto was Walter's favorite baseball player, and the boy served as honorary captain at one of the team's games in late August.
In one of the most heartwarming moments during Walter's cancer battle, Votto gave the child his home run bat and the jersey off his back.
The boy's father, Wally Herbert, contacted FOX19 NOW Morning Digital Producer Jennifer Baker on Wednesday afternoon and asked if she had any way to get a message to the ballplayer.
The family didn't want Votto to feel obligated to come, but they did want to extend an invitation because he meant so much to their son.
Baker reached out to a Reds executive, who promised to pass the request along.
Walter's funeral Friday is private. He will be buried at Spring Grove Cemetery.