How a 30-Year-Old Batboy with Down Syndrome Inspires the Cincinnati Reds – and Everyone

Thirty years ago, when Cheryl and Dave Kremer received the diagnosis that their son Teddy had Down Syndrome, they were told he’d never have more than a 40 IQ and possibly might never walk or talk.

That was just the beginning of the story, though, and it took a much more positive turn than anyone would have guessed.

Teddy Kremer’s life has grown to have such a wide impact that he was recently profiled on the ESPN E:60 series. Their website states: “Kremer went from a diagnosis that almost no one could have wanted to a life that almost everybody would want, said the [E:60} executive producer, noting that Kremer’s infectious personality gets people to lower their guard and allows their inner personalities to come out, including those players on his favorite team, the Reds, for whom he now works in fan accommodations.”

There’s a shortened version of Teddy’s story (three minutes) that appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight yesterday, which I’ll link to here. But below I’m embedding the full 11-minute version from E:60. It’s well worth the time it takes to watch. Enjoy either version, and remember that the people conventional wisdom deems insignificant are often the most influential and necessary people in the world.

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.