Girl, 7, Leaves Line for Red Sox Player's Autograph to Ask Uniformed Soldier to Sign Her Ball Instead
When U.S. Military Reservist Olyvia Russel asked 7-year-old Mackenna why she wanted her autograph instead, she responded, "because she's the hero."
When this 7-year-old girl spotted a hero at a Boston Red Sox open house, she couldn’t help but ask for an autograph... even though the hero wasn’t a baseball player.
Makenna Woodburn, 7, was waiting in line for autographs from the team when she suddenly got out of line and approached U.S. Army Reservist Olyvia Russell, who had attended the event in her camouflage uniform.
When Russell asked Makenna why she asked for her signature instead of a baseball player’s, the 7-year-old responded: "Because she’s the hero instead of baseball players.”
Russell is in her first year with the Reserves. She said because she's just started her career in the military, she's still fascinated by the attention.
“She’s probably never seen a woman in uniform, there’s not many of us out there,” Russell said. “What I do is important, but there’s men and women overseas who are risking their lives every day, and it’s just really nice that she recognizes people like them. I’m just truly thankful for that.”
Makenna said she now wants to save up her allowance money to buy a display case for her signed ball. She plans to bring it into show and tell at school next week.
“I think Lyv has a best friend for life. [Makenna] wants me to make them best friend shirts,” the girl’s mother, Angie Woodburn, joked. “She’s an incredible kid, and she amazes me with the way she thinks and the things she appreciates and the things she realizes at such a young age.”
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