A Todd Frazier home run and your inspiration of the day

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It's standard for us to lead off with a photo with this kind of post, but I'm holding off because it's almost certainly the best thing you'll see today.

Courtesy of C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer comes the backstory on Todd Frazier's sixth-inning home run Thursday night against the Marlins.

Earlier in the night, Ted Kremer, the Reds' occasional bat boy who lives (and lives so very well) with Down syndrome, had asked Frazier to hit a home run for him. That, of course, is a baseball cliche as old as any, but there's nothing tired about what happened in Cincy Thursday night ...

“It was great how excited — that look,” Frazier said after the game. “I started smiling even before I hit home plate because I knew it. They said he forgot to pick the bat up, so the umpire was yelling at him. Such a great guy. You can’t get mad — even if you have a terrible day. How can you be mad when you’ve got a guy like that around?”

How can you, indeed.

And here's that picture -- the one that'll be the best thing you see all day ...

(Photo credit: USATSI)

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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