CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds won the 2017 MLB Award for Best Player-Fan Interaction on Friday after his time spent with 6-year-old Walter "Superbubz" Herbert, who passed away in October after two years of treatment for cancer.
"In that day game against the New York Mets, I had a fantastic opportunity to interact with one of the most special young people I've ever met in my life," the first baseman said. "It was really just a great moment in my career and sadly, the young boy passed away. The Herbert family and friends lost someone special in their life. To have even the smallest moments in his life is just a gift to me."
Superbubz spent time with Votto and other Reds players before the August 31 game and was given Votto's jersey and the bat he used to hit a home run in the game, which came right after Votto pointed to Superbubz in the seventh inning.
Superbubz also spent time as the honorary captain of the team in an earlier game.
Votto was present at Superbubz's visitation to pay respects after the child's death.