DETROIT, MI - A boy from Detroit was given an opportunity to meet his baseball heroes at the Tigers game, but instead - he wanted to meet the real-life heroes, members of the Dallas Police Honor Guard attending the evening at Comerica Park.
Mitchell Rebtoy, like many 10-year-old boys, lives and breathes baseball. Mitchell can appreciate a good pitch and already has a strong collection of autographs, but now he has one ball that really stands out. Mitchell asked 13 officers of the Dallas Police Department for their autographs.
"I said, 'Excuse me, you guys are the real heroes. Can you sign this baseball for me?'"
Mitchell said, "One of them said this is my first time ever signing a baseball."
Thirteen autographs and 13 badge numbers with names you've likely never heard of. What neither of them knew is the impact this gesture would have on the officers.
"When I was talking to one of them, I don't want to say he almost broke down, but he did. He said, 'You have no idea what it's like to carry these caskets and go through what we are going through.'”
The Dallas officers were in town to lay one of their own to rest, Officer Michael Krol, a Michigan native.
What a special day enjoying America’s pastime with true American heroes.