The day finally came for Kolt Kyler.
The 9-year-old Cubs fan from Indiana – who went viral in April after his dad, Andy, surprised him with a pair of Cubs tickets for all his hard work – visited Wrigley Field for the first time on Saturday.
When Cubs players got whiff of the video, which was tweeted by Kolt’s sister’s Hannah, Anthony Rizzo offered him passes to watch batting practice while Jon Lester upgraded his seats behind home plate. That happened, and more, on Saturday against the division rival St. Louis Cardinals.
Andy joked that Kolt hasn’t stopped smiling since receiving his original Cubs tickets.
“I got almost emotional when we walked in,” Andy said. “I started thinking about my first game and what I felt, and what he’s feeling, and how much it’s going to mean to him and does mean to him. I’m so excited I can’t even talk.”
From watching batting practice from the field, to meeting a handful of Cubs players, to touching the ivy, and even helping the grounds crew water down the infield dirt, Andy said he couldn’t be more grateful for how the Cubs have treated them.
“They’ve gone over the top, over the top,” Andy said. “Just interacting with the boys was more than they ever needed to do, then hooking us up with something like this? I never expected anything and all of this is humbling.”
Be sure to tune in to CSN on Monday for the re-air of Part 1 and Tuesday for an all-new Part 2 feature of Kolt and his family’s North Side visit.
In the meantime, check out some of the best photos and videos from Kolt's memorable day below: