OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 20: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics salutes his teammates while trotting around the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the third inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 20, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Slugger Khris Davis Honors Make-A-Wish Boy’s Dream By Crushing Home Run

In the 9-0 win, the Athletics also tied the Astros for first place in the AL West.

On Monday night, the Athletics moved into a tie for first place with the Houston Astros in the AL West thanks to a 9-0 drubbing of the Texas Rangers in Oakland.

However, that lopsided win was not the biggest victory of the night.

The big winner of the evening was 10-year-old Anthony Slocumb, a sixth-grader who was at the ballpark with a group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Greater Bay Area chapter.

Slocumb, who has a rare cancer called Langerhans cell histiocytosis, signed his name on the jersey of A’s hitter Khris Davis before the game began. Then, when the A’s slugger stepped up to the plate in the third inning, he clubbed his 37th home run with Slocumb’s name on his back.

“I thought about him around the bases. There’s not a better feeling than hitting a home run, so hopefully he got some excitement and joy from watching that,” Davis said. “They’re really the stars. He was excited. I could tell that he was just happy to be here and wanted to have some fun. It was amazing, the look on his face. ”

The ball Davis hit traveled nearly 440 feet, making the blast that much more special.

Read the full story at The Associated Press