WATCH: Joey Votto homers, gives bat and jersey to 6-year-old fan battling cancer

Thursday afternoon the Reds wrapped up a series win over the Mets (CIN 7, NYM 2) thanks in part to franchise player Joey Votto, who went 1 for 4 and crushed his 34th home run of the season. Votto is now hitting .310/.448/.591 this year.

The home run, aside from being rather majestic, was a fairly standard baseball play and not all that notable in the grand scheme of things. This was a game between two non-contending teams, after all. Scooter Gennett and Stuart Turner went deep in the game too.

What makes Votto's home run so special is what happened afterward. On his way back to the dugout, Votto stopped to high-five 6-year-old Walter "SuperBubz" Herbert, and then he gave him his home run bat and jersey. Hebert is battling a form of pediatric cancer.

Here is Votto going deep and meeting with SuperBubz:

That's so great. Look how happy SuperBubz is. Votto made his day. 

Here's what Wally Hebert, Walter's father, and Votto told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer after the game:

"These are the days you remember when you have the bad days," Wally Herbert said.

The younger Herbert is suffering from Stage 4 neuroblastoma, one of the most common types of pediatric cancer. When the cancer spread throughout his body, the family decided to enjoy their final time together.


Afterward, Votto said he wanted to keep it as a personal moment between him and the family.

"I honestly, I don't really want to chat about this one," Votto noted.

When told that it had meant the world to Walter and his family, Votto responded, "that's all that matters."

Baseball is just a dumb sport. Who wins and loses doesn't really matter. Moments like this matter. The moments when the game makes people feel better in their time of need.

Well done, Votto. And keep fighting, SuperBubz.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for,,,... Full Bio

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