HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A South Carolina high school baseball player's reaction following a generous gift from his teammates is going viral.
Dylan Jones needed his own bat for the upcoming season. Dylan didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new bat, so he went to a storage shed near the batting cages at Carolina Forest High School where he found one. The problem was the bat was worn out – it was "dead," said teammate Austin Padgett in the viral tweet.
Dylan is so beloved by his teammates that they organized "Operation Get Dylan A Bat," a covert mission to surprise him with a brand new piece of equipment. Jones was blindfolded and taken to Rawlings Baseball Store where he was surprised with a brand new bat and $65. Dylan was told by his teammates to "buy anything else you want."
"When they blindfolded me I was just hoping I wouldn't fall, I had no idea where we were going but the surprise was amazing," said Jones.
"For the past year Dylan, our catcher has been swinging a dead bat from our baseball field shed," Padgett said. "He takes countless bruises for us, never complains, and is the hardest working, toughest person I have ever met. Today, we surprised him with a brand new bat!"
Jones is a senior at Carolina Forest High School and moved to Horry County from Alabama last year.
Head Coach Joey Worley said, it's been great to see the team and come together both on and off the field and have each others backs.
Carolina Forest will play Socastee High School on Tuesday.