West Ashley ballplayer delivers grandfather's dying wish


By Scott Eisberg

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- There is no doubt. The past weekend was the most emotional one in Jonathan Sabo's life.

The 16-year-old from West Ashley lost the grandfather who meant so much to him.

"He loved baseball. I loved baseball. He lived with me my entire life, downstairs" Sabo said.

When his grandfather passed, Sabo didn't sit and grieve. He stood up and played the game the two of them loved so much -- baseball.

"The last time I talked to him, he wanted me to hit a homerun. I told him I'm not sure I could do that, I'm not that big type of player that hits homeruns."

On Tuesday afternoon, Sabo, the day before his grandfather's funeral played ball. On a 0-2 pitch, he did what he's never in his life done. His coach Randy Carlson says he even tears up recalling the story.

"I was saying, 'stay fair, stay fair.' It stayed true. He said to me, 'coach, even my Dad said that ball always goes foul.' I told him, 'that was your grandpa.' He agreed, it was something else," said the East Coast Baseball Academy coach Carlson.

"I don't even remember hitting the ball," Sabo said. "I just remember rounding first base. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. I broke down and started crying. My teammates ran over and hugged me and said that's the best thing you've done. My Dad came over and gave me a big hug. We broke down crying."

With his grandpa watching from above, Sabo hit his first homerun on a ball that he says, 99 out of 100 times would have hooked foul.

Wednesday was Sabo's grandfather's funeral. Sabo said it was unbelievably tough, but, "I gave him the homerun ball. I wrote on it -- "To the best grandpa ever, I love you. Rest in peace."

He certainly will have a front row seat for the rest of Jonathan Sabo's homeruns.