Josh Harrison and the Pirates saved a young fan's first MLB game

Josh Harrison made a new fan during the Pirates trip to Milwaukee this week. (AP)

There’s no experience quite like going to a Major League Baseball game for the first time. The excitement. The atmosphere. The sheer enormity of the ballpark. It can be overwhelming, but it’s also unforgettable.

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That was especially true for one very young Brewers fan who made her first trip to Miller Park earlier this week. As her mom wrote on Facebook, the young girl couldn’t have been more excited. But the experience was made truly unforgettable thanks to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Namely, Josh Harrison, who saw the little girl crying after another young fan had taken a ball she thought was coming to her.

Harrison didn’t know it was the girl’s first game, but he did know he didn’t want her disappointment to last. It wasn’t long after Harrison first spotted her crying that he had a signed baseball delivered by Pirates first base coach Kimara Bertee, earning himself and the Pirates at least two new fans in the process.

Pirates first base coach Kimera Bartee gives a young fan a baseball on behalf of Josh Harrison. (Pirates on Twitter)

What an awesome gesture.

Hopefully Harrison’s fanbase will grow even more after the mother posted this heartfelt message to her Facebook page.

(Pirates on Twitter)

It truly is a reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can have the biggest impact.

Harrison wasn’t obligated to sign that baseball. Especially in the middle of a game. But he could see the young girl needed a lift, and he knew in the grand scheme it was the least he could do. Good on you, Josh Harrison.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!