Adam Rubin took the following video before Sunday's game between the Mets and Braves at Turner Field, in which David Wright plays catch with a couple of young Braves fans in the stands. The video records one of those rarified instances where the transparent-yet-impenetrable wall between fan and ballplayer dissolves momentarily. It doesn't matter that Wright is a millionaire, superstar athlete playing for the visiting team and the kid is just some random Braves fan in a crowd full of them. A game of catch transcends all of that.
Any two people with gloves and the slightest idea of how to throw a baseball can play catch. Wright surely had better things to do in preparation for yesterday's game, but he took a few minutes to make this kid's day/year/life, a moment of awesomeness which probably shouldn't be as rare or unique as it was. If Ryne Sandberg or Barry Larkin had played catch with me before a Mets game 20 years ago I'd probably still be talking about it to anyone who'd listen.