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VIDEO: Former Palm Beach County baseball star Pavin Smith pays off parents' mortgage

Posted: 9:04 AM, Dec 26, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-27 09:19:47Z
Local baseball star pays off parents' mortgage

A former Palm Beach Gardens baseball star and first round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks gave his parents a special gift for Christmas.

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Palm Beach Gardens Community High School graduate Pavin Smith tweeted a video Monday that showed the emotional moment his parents learned that he had paid off the mortgage of their Jupiter home.

The video showed Smith's mom Pamela reading a letter penned by him that left both his parents in tears. 

“It's just a huge blessing to have your mortgage taken care of by your son,” she told NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday. 

Pavin says he wanted to do something for his parents after all the years of taking him to games and paying for lessons and school. 

“‘Do I give them a vacation or something like that?' But, it was like I kinda want to do something more for them, something that means more.”

Pavin's dad Tim Smith says he's been telling his son to not let his rising profile get the best of him.

“I’ve been encouraging him for the last few months to be generous to everybody,” he says. “Never did I think that meant us.”

Pavin's Christmas gesture is reminder to never forget where you came from.

“To have that happen on Christmas, a day that means so much to us as a family…Yeah, we'll never forget that. It was unreal."

As of Tuesday morning, the video had more than 3,000 re-tweets and had been liked 13,000 times.

Smith, 21, was the seventh overall selection in this year's Major League Baseball Draft after starring at the University of Virginia.