Eight year old Brayden Rogers is a huge fan of the Terre Haute Rex. He also happens to be their bat boy, a role he’s held for the past two seasons. He got involved with the team when he asked his P.E. teacher, who also happens to be the Rex manager Tyler Wampler if he could do it. “It looks so fun because they got to go out on the field during game time,” he said.
Brayden was born with hypotonia, a condition that causes low muscle tone. His mother Kacy says it also affected his airways and ability to walk. “He didn’t start walking at all until he was three and that was with a walker and then he was almost four years old until he started walking independently,” she said.
Despite all that he isn’t slowing down and recounted some of his duties during the game. “I take the balls to the umpire, he’ll show you a number and then I get the bats and I get the shin guards,” Brayden said.
Rex Catcher Jarrett O’Leary has stayed with the Rogers family for the past two seasons. He says Brayden is like part of his family now. “I have two siblings of my own but Brayden has been just like a little brother to me he brings a joy every single day I mean he’s always got energy as you can see he’s always running around and it’s something to be said about his story and what he’s come through how he’s always had a smile on his face I mean for me it kind of puts it in perspective as to what baseball really is just a game and how I can affect someone else’s life in such a little aspect of my own that it really is special.”
Kacy and her husband believe in putting no limitations on Brayden’s potential. “We’ve never kind of let him take the easy road out we’ve always pushed him we’ve always challenged him and we’ve never really said no you can’t do that we’ve let him do everything that every other kid gets to do,” Rogers said.
Sitting in the stands Kacy enjoys watching Brayden help out the team. “It’s cool it’s neat to see the interaction that he has and the relationships that he builds with these players not just for him but for them I thinks it’s you know he comes home and he has story after story you know to tell and it’s just neat to hear him hear the excitement in his voice and just to hear him tell the stories it’s pretty cool.”
Bryaden will be back in action on Thursday June 28th when the Rex kick off a double header with Quincy starting at 5:30 pm.