Chad Carlile didn’t plan on speaking at Monday’s news conference dedicated to remembering his son, Kaiser, who died Sunday.
But after listening to Liberal Bee Jays players and manager Adam Anderson talk about the joy that Kaiser brought to the team as its bat boy, Carlile wanted to share, as well.
“He was competitive, but in the same breath, he cared about everyone,” Carlile said. “That’s what it is, it’s the love that he had … for the game.”
Kaiser, 9, was struck in the head Saturday with a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle during the Bee Jays’ game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in the National Baseball Congress World Series. He was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Via Christi-St. Francis, where he died Sunday.
Kaiser, who is from Liberal, was wearing a helmet.
The Bee Jays had given Kaiser a pair of shoes that Carlile said were rarely taken off. Kaiser also wore a white bracelet from the team.
“Them little things, he didn’t take them for granted,” Carlile said. “He enjoyed those little things.
“A lot of kids look for a medal — ‘Oh, am I going to get a broken bat? The balls. All he wanted was to be a part of that team, and he got to.”