Former Florida Gators star pitcher surprises parents for Christmas by paying off debt

Posted at 1:26 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 04:36:11-05

After his parents provided years of support for his baseball career, a former star pitcher for the Florida Gators and current Kansas City Royals pitching prospect gave them a special gift for Christmas.

In a tweet Tuesday pitcher Brady Singer, 22, said he wanted “to give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I.”

The tweet is in which his mother, with his father watching from the next chair, reads a letter from Singer.

“The money you both spent on traveling, the gear, hotels, food and all those Gatorades I drank is much more than I could ever give you. But, there is something I want to give to you…” she reads.

His mother pauses, reading ahead to the next sentence and momentarily unable to speak from her surprise at what it said.

“I am paying off the loan from the bank. I paid off all your debt as well,” she read from Singer’s letter in a choked voice.

Singer wrote in his tweet that he, “can’t thank them enough.”

The Royals retweeted his video, writing “We have some special people in this organization.”

The gift quickly went viral with more than 58,000 retweets by Thursday.

Singer, a native of Eustis, Florida, was selected by the Royals with the 18th overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft, signing a $4.25 million contract.

In a similar act of kindness last year, former Palm Beach Gardens baseball star Pavin Smith, a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, paid off the mortgage of his parents' Jupiter home.