Although the National Baseball Congress has suspended the use of bat boys and bat girls for the remaining World Series games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas, Chad Carlile, father of the 9-year-old boy who died after being struck in the head by a baseball bat on Saturday, hopes the program his son Kaiser participated in will eventually return.
“This shouldn’t be taken away from any other kids, the opportunity to be able to do this. This is something I think should stick around. There might be a better way to do things, yes, but this bat boy thing is tremendous for kids and youth,” Carlile told NBC News.
Kaiser was delivering a bat to a player during a Bee Jays game in Liberal, Kansas, when a batter doing a warmup swing accidentally hit him in the head.
His death was announced on Sunday through a Facebook post on the baseball team’s page.
Referred to by Bee Jays players as “our little spark plug,” Kaiser and his impacting legacy live on through the recent donation of his organs – his father says the little boy has already saved two lives.
“It’s not that hard of a decision to make when you know he is on that final thread and there’s two other kids that are going to live forever because of that,” Carlile told NBC News.
Support from the team and the community has continued this week. Kaiser’s 8-year-old sister, Keirsie, threw out the first pitch for the Bee Jays game in Kansas on Tuesday night in tribute to her brother.
“It makes me proud to know that my son has touched people’s lives like this. I never dreamed it would be at this magnitude,” Carlile told the news station.