Axel first met the team when he was 12. (Source: Lydia Esparra)
Now 27, Axel met a new team, with the same generosity. (Source: Lydia Esparra)
Another memorable moment for Axel was taking a picture with his hero, first base coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. (Source: Lydia Esparra)
The Indians ended their season on Sunday and even though they're not headed to the playoffs, one fan says he doesn't care because he got his World Series and ended up being the MVP!
Since he was a young boy, Axel Rivera has loved baseball. He has watched every game from his wheelchair.
His team of choice was the New York Yankees -- until he went to his first Cleveland Indians game at the age of 12. He met Jim Thome, along with Sandy and Robby Alomar. Robby even gave him his bat. It was the most incredible moment of his life.
Never in his wildest dreams did he think he could get another grand slam like that. But Axel got his perfect game: another trip to Progressive Field.
"Took me to the basement and onto the field," said Axel.
A field of dreams he saw 15 years ago. Not much had changed, except for the players.
This time, he went home with the whole enchilada. Carlos Santana gave him his bat, rookie Zach Walters game him gloves he wore when he hit a walkoff home run, plus he got two balls signed by the team.
"They gave me a bat, a couple of balls, gloves, and they took pictures with me. It was awesome," said Axel. "I would like to thank Carlos for giving me his bat and memories that I will never forget."
What was his favorite part?
"Meeting everybody. They were just so welcoming," he said.
The Indians don't know Axel's story. He was born premature and has cerebral palsy. He will spend his life in a wheelchair. In fact, this 27-year-old man was never supposed to live past a year. But he did, partially because of his love of baseball, especially the Cleveland Indians.
Another memorable moment for Axel was taking one more picture with his hero, first base coach Sandy Alomar, Jr.
"I enjoyed talking with him. He is genuine, a sweet guy," Axel said.
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