A young baseball player who just made it into the big leagues this year used a portion of his signing bonus to pay off his parents’ debt and bank loans for Christmas.
Major League Baseball player Brady Singer, 22, who over the summer signed a $4.25 contract with the Kansas City Royals, revealed the surprise in a Christmas letter addressed to his mom and dad.
“Dear Mom and Dad, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for everything you’ve done to help me reach my dreams,” the letter reads. “There’s absolutely no way I could have done all this by myself. Both of you constantly took off of work and spent every dime you made just to put a smile on my face. My smile and appreciation for both of you has never stopped and it never will.”
“I will always remember traveling around Florida for baseball, trying to cheaply eat and save money, but I never could, because you both always wanted me to have the best stuff to help me to pursue my dream. The money you both spent on traveling, gear, hotel, food and all those Gatorades I drank is much more than I could ever give you, but there’s something I want to give to you.”
Watch below as Singer’s mother reads the letter aloud:
After pausing for a second to process what she was reading, Singer’s mom continued.
“I am paying off the loan from the bank. Also, I paid off all of your debt as well. Now, instead of trying to save money every weekend to replace the savings account you drained on traveling to see me play baseball, you can spend it on yourselves because you deserve the very best,” she read in shock.
“I want you both to know how much I appreciate you and how none of this would be possible without you. Your giving hearts helped to shape my tiny dream into a reality,” the letter concluded.
“I love you both more than you could ever imagine and will never forget what you both have done. Now let’s go celebrate, Merry Christmas.”
Singer shared the video to his Twitter feed early Christmas evening.
Today is very special to my heart. To give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I. I can’t thank them enough. Love you Mom and Dad pic.twitter.com/AFHi2Xma0c
— Brady Singer (@Bsinger51) December 25, 2018
While it’s unclear how much money his parents had owed, that he was willing to use his signing bonus to pay off their debts speaks volumes about his character. Especially when you factor in that he just started in the MLB, and whether or not he’ll be successful remains unknown.
Granted, his history suggests he’ll be a complete success.
“A right-hander out of the University of Florida, Singer won the SEC Pitcher of the Year award and was a finalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award last year. A season earlier, he helped lead the Gators to the program’s first-ever national title,” Yahoo News notes.
Assuming he maintains this level of success, he’s apt to make millions more before he retires.
Not that this takes away from his incredible generosity, as noted by social media:
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Singer. You have obviously raised a fine and respectable young man. That trait will carry him further in life than baseball ever will.
— Daniel Rose (@DadOf7Minions) December 25, 2018
This is so daggum good. I watched you pitch when you were going and always admired your competitiveness. It was like you were different then the rest of the kids. This proves you are different … and … special. Well done.
— Bryan Peters (@PeteyBaseball) December 26, 2018
You’re a good man. That powerful letter got to me. My parents helped get me through med school and I did the same as you when I graduated for them…. I just wished I wrote a letter as well as you did. I’m your new biggest fan. And remember. The Yankees always need free agents!
— Whats da fuss? (@whatsdafus) December 26, 2018
Thats awesome @Bsinger51 , you just instantly became a favorite of mine. Cant wait to meet you one day and shake your hand. Best of luck to you and Merry Christmas.
— Chris (@Pothole069) December 25, 2018
Mr. And Mrs. Singer you two have raised a very fine young man the right way. Sit back and be very proud not of his accomplishments but of the man he has become. This is showing proof that if raised right kids will end up doing the right thing.
— FortOFan (@warpedgoofyRick) December 26, 2018
Being from Australia and not a baseball fan your sporting achievements are new to me, but watching this video I believe your are an outstanding person and your parents should be very proud.
— Daren Pryor (@dplegend181) December 26, 2018
The inspiration to do this may have come from Pavin Smith of the Arizona Diamondbacks. After signing a $5.01 million contract last year, he paid off his parents’ mortgage.
“Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours,” he wrote in a similarly themed Christmas letter.
Professional baseball seems to attract some quality people. Sadly, the same may not always be said of professional football …
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