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Bruce Carrier and Grandson Felix Carrier-Damon | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon
Bruce Carrier and Grandson Felix Carrier-Damon | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon

'You Taught Me Everything': Boy Gives Grandpa His Home Run Baseball after Signing It

Brittany Chalmers
Sep 12, 2022
11:05 A.M.
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One youngster from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was thankful for his grandfather and everything he had taught him. An emotional moment between them was caught on camera, and it quickly went viral—read and find out why!

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Not all children have the privilege of spending time or growing up with their grandparents. Distance and death are just two factors that can prevent this once-in-a-lifetime kind of bond.

However, some kids are fortunate to form close connections with their grandmas and grandpas. Often the heartwarming relationships only grow stronger over time.

Bruce Carrier and his grandson Felix Carrier-Damon. | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon

Bruce Carrier and his grandson Felix Carrier-Damon. | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon

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A Close-Knit Grandfather and Grandson

Bruce Carrier invested lots of time and energy into his family, and he adored spending time with them, never missing an opportunity to connect.

The grandfather had played and coached sports for many years, so teaching his grandson, Felix Carrier-Damon, about baseball was something he looked forward to.

After Felix scored two home runs and a grand slam, he was allowed to keep the winning balls, which gave him an idea. The youngster never imagined that his simple gesture would lead to an abundance of tears—but it did!

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They Spent a Lot of Time Together

Felix's mom, Melissa Carrier-Damon, shared that her dad took her son to batting practice, played catch with him, and always instilled some wisdom. Melissa was delighted that they shared such a special bond and added:

"My parents have lived here for the last five years and spend a lot of time with my kids."

Nine-year-old Felix had been working on his baseball techniques since he was four and eventually landed a spot on a traveling baseball team.

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The Youngster's Heartwarming Idea

Felix's grandfather, who he affectionately called "papa," never missed a match and offered unconditional support and positive affirmation.

After Felix scored two home runs and a grand slam, he was allowed to keep the winning balls, which gave him an idea. The youngster never imagined that his simple gesture would lead to an abundance of tears—but it did!

Bruce Carrier and his grandson Felix Carrier-Damon. | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon

Bruce Carrier and his grandson Felix Carrier-Damon. | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon

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An Emotional Encounter

Mom Melissa recorded the special moment her son excitedly approached grandpa Bruce. In the clip, Felix said: "I signed the ball for you, and it says 'Papa, I love you.'" Bruce couldn't contain his emotion and asked: "Why did you do that?"

The teary-eyed boy instantly responded: "Because you taught me everything about baseball." The proud grandfather also commented on his emotional reaction after being gifted the winning ball. He expressed:

"I'm not ashamed of it at all. He gave me something to be part of his day. To share that day with him was awesome."

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The grandfather also highlighted a touching moment in the video where Felix looked up at him with nothing but love and affection in his eyes. Bruce confessed that whenever he rewatched the encounter, it made him teary-eyed all over again.

Bruce Carrier and his grandson Felix Carrier-Damon. | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon

Bruce Carrier and his grandson Felix Carrier-Damon. | Source: instagram.com/carrierdamon

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The Clip Went Viral

The mother was thrilled to have captured the unforgettably precious moment and never knew it would gain so much online attention.

By August 12, 2022, the brief Instagram clip had racked up more than 900,000 likes and countless comments. Melissa noted it was something she "never imagined."

However, it was beautiful to see that the clip impacted and affected so many people. She was also thankful for all the kind words and stories in the comment section, revealing that she shared some of them with her father and son.

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The Online Response

The viral clip touched the hearts of many netizens, and people left comments of adoration for the duo. Many wished they had a similar relationship with their grandparents, and a few shared stories about the special relatives in their lives:

"Moments and memories that will last forever - beyond a lifetime. Nothing better than family, lots of love, real emotion, and … baseball! That’s the true grand slam!"

- (@nicholasisbeing) August 8, 2022

"Makes me miss my folks, they're not here to see how my kids have done. I know they're watching but I sure miss them."

- (@bar20_ranch) August 8, 2022

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"This makes me cry because of the love they have I never had. Never had anyone to teach me [anything]. Had a dad who was there but wasn't there. I'm so happy they have each other."

- (@listingagentguy) August 8, 2022

"I miss my pop, he’d come down and watch me play, every game. Didn’t matter how I played, he’d be there at the end of the game to give me a hug and tell me how proud he was. This is special."

- (@bbam88) August 8, 2022

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Felix's gratitude for his grandfather is awe-inspiring, and their love for each other is undeniably tear-jerking. We wish them many more happy years together!

If you liked this beautiful story about the bond between a grandfather and his grandson, you might enjoy the special connection a 29-year-old woman shared with her beloved grandpa.

Click here and discover what happened when the granddaughter realized her favorite grandparent was lonely—it will melt your heart!

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