A little girl's plea for a home run and a new puppy has gone viral. 6-year-old Lola Labodda can thank Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich for both.
On Saturday, Yelich hit his third home run of the season while Lola was holding a homemade sign saying "Yelich, hit a homerun and my dad buys me a puppy."
The Labodda family attend Brewers games regularly but this was the first time they had made a sign.
Dad; Mike, Mom; Jessica, and 4-year-old sister Liberty were all decked out in their Brew Crew gear for Saturday's opening series game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The family had originally thought of putting a different message on the sign.
"If you sign a baseball, my dad will buy me a puppy." Mike Labodda thought this was too likely to happen given their seats in the front row, so he suggested a home run.
In the bottom of the 1st, it happened."Of course he hits a home run on the first pitch" Mike Labodda said.
Lola is now ready to pick out a puppy. What kind is the bigger question.
The 6-year-old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two and a half years ago and could really use a Diabetes Response Dog to help monitor Lola's blood sugar levels. Those dogs can cost more than $10,000. The family says the intention wasn't to start a fundraiser to buy the dog.
Whatever the decision, the new dog will join an 11-year-old dog Henry named after Hank Aaron. As for the new dog's name as suggested by the Brewers, Yeli is still at the top of the list.