When you’re a professional athlete, visiting hospitals is part of the job and for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, it’s a part of the job he takes very seriously.
The reigning National League Most Valuable Player has made more than his fair share of visits to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since joining the Brewers in a January 2018 trade with the Marlins and even stopped in earlier this month, visiting with young Brewers fans on an off-day ahead of Milwaukee’s four-game showdown with the Cubs.
When Yelich was lost to a season-ending knee fracture just a few days later, those very same kids decided it was only right to return the favor and offer their hero some well-wishes and moral support of his own.
The idea stemmed from Dr. David Margolis, a pediatric specialist and the Bone Marrow Transplant Program Director at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. A long-time and well-known supporter of Milwaukee’s local sports teams, Margolis is a regular fixture at Bucks and Brewers games and has been heavily involved over the years with Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer, a charity started by former Milwaukee Bucks star and current team announcer Jon McGlocklin.
Yelich, who quickly became a fan favorite in Milwaukee and whose No. 22 is worn across the back of thousands of youth-sized jerseys in the city, was touched by the gesture.
Yelich will seek a second opinion on his fractured knee this weekend but is not expected to require surgery to repair the injury. With an estimated recovery time of 6-8 weeks, Yelich should be ready to go when pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training on Feb. 12, 2020.