Blue Jays’ catcher J.P. Arencibia recently gave tickets to an autistic adult fan who had been bullied for some of his life.
An article on the Canadian Baseball Network featured Matt Harvey, 31, and after Arencibia realized how much others bullied Harvey, he decided to give him tickets to Toronto’s season opener.
In an MLB.com story by Gregor Chisholm, Arencibia discussed how Harvey has helped him.
“He always tweets at us, and he has always been one of the guys that has been inspirational,” Arencibia said.
Harvey wants his favorite team to notice how much he appreciates how they play.
In a society that has many fans threaten players through social media, Harvey provides positive support for his Blue Jays.
“I am not a fan of saying things negatively, because it’s a hard job to do and I am so proud [of the] players,” said Harvey.
Arencibia tweeted to Harvey (@halldayfan32) about the tickets, and he also included a punch line to Harvey’s bullies.
“I think there’s zero tolerance for bullying,” said Arencibia.
Arencibia has been one of Harvey’s favorite players for three years now, and it might be because of how Arencibia signs autographs for fans in spring training.
“J.P. doing this is really truly amazing, it’s hard to even explain,” Harvey said in the same MLB.com story. “I am still so stunned and thankful because it’s so kind and sweet and shows why I like J.P. I plan on getting a jersey of his out of respect.”
When the Blue Jays play the Cleveland Indians to kick off the season, Harvey will be there cheering on his hero.