He may be a well-traveled old dog in baesball years, but Jack Wilson remains a kid at heart.
It's Little League Day in Petco Park, and Wilson and the Seattle Mariners were still more than an hour away from facing the San Diego Padres when the veteran infielder walked down the left field line carrying a baseball, a bat and a plastic bucket.
The bat he laid on the ground as a prize.
The ball he threw into the stands, where hundreds of kids were piling up.
The bucket he would place in front of him, inviting the child with the ball to try and throw it into the bucket.
Up and down the foul line he moved, tossing the ball to one youngster after another as the volume and excitement grew from that little crowd. Eventually, a pair of grizzled-looking security guards volunteered to help Wilson, and they made sure the kids were getting crushed.
Finally, Wilson got a winner - a little guy whose throw sent right into the bucket. What then? Wilson handed the boy his bat, picked up his bucket and trotted off the field and through the dugout into the clubhouse.