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Remember the column about the free-ticket "scholarships" the Diamondbacks gave to fans who couldn't afford them? One of them was for a 13-year-old catcher who got bullied by kids for his need of dental work. "Baseball is his outlet," his aunt wrote. "No one can see underneath that catcher's mask."
The boy, who preferred not to be named, and his family got a year's worth of tickets. And I added:
Next question: Anybody know a big-hearted orthodontist?
Well, Dr. Randall Snyder of Litchfield Park, Ariz. wrote and offered to put braces on the kid, no charge. He got them last week and he'll wear them for two years. A representative of the Diamondbacks says he is "so excited." His aunt will be sending us photos. When his teeth are straight, perhaps we'll run one and you'll see a kid who won't always have to play catcher.
Here's to you, Dr. Snyder. Not all the smiles you create take two years.