PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A little girl got a big surprise at school Wednesday when a special visitor from the Pittsburgh Pirats walked into her classroom.
When Pirates’ centerfielder Andrew McCutchen walked into Beechwood Elementary School, everyone was chanting the familiar “Let’s Go Bucs” chorus he’s used to hearing at PNC Park.
Kylie Roberts has her dad to thank for the surprise.
“She’s going to be ecstatic. Pretty much, Andrew was her first favorite player and her birthday was just last week,” said Bryan Roberts, Kylie’s father.
Thinking it was just something that would kill time, Kylie’s dad decided to apply for a contest that would allow a Pirates player to show up at a school.
In this case, the school where his daughter attends.
“When you get to the game, usually every game you will check in, and you usually take a picture or something or they’ll have a discount for something at the ballpark or some sort of contest, and we were lucky this time,” said Bryan.
While there, McCutchen decided he would hand out book bags, hats, autographed material, and even share his wisdom by having a question and answer session with Kylie’s class.
“You can do anything as long as you have the grades. Get the grades and the sky is the limit,” said McCutchen.
And the Pirates’ star was happy to surprise a bunch of his youngest fans.
“It’s cool to be able to surprise people. They only see us on TV or at a game, to be able to interact with her and her class is pretty awesome,” he said.
However, not as awesome as a little girl’s unexpected dream coming true.
“I was just amazed,” said Kylie. “I had no idea this was coming!”
An unforgettable friendship made by chance, and a girl with a memory of a lifetime, all because of a father who applied for contest.
“This is the best moment of my life,” Kylie said of her special day.