Local teen hit in head by line drive receives support from Cardinals

Tommy Kramer. Credit: KMOV

A 13-year-old that took a ball to the face at nearly 100 MPH during baseball practice is receiving an outpouring of support from many, including the Cardinals.

Catcher Tommy Kramer, who plays for the St. Charles Capitals, was recently hit in the face by a line drive. Kramer was putting balls up on a tee for a hitter to take a swing. At the same time, another batter hit a pitched ball.

“It was probably one of the hardest balls hit. I don’t know, maybe like 70 MPH or 80 MPH," Tommy said.

The line drive broke Kramer’s left eye socket and shattered his nose.

“The first thing I thought of for sure was trying to get the clog in my nose so blood doesn’t go anywhere,” Kramer said.

His mother Cindy remembers what she saw when the incident happened.

“He was really swollen. I just kept thinking he doesn’t really look like my kid,” said Cindy.

Knowing her son needed a pick-me-up, Cindy started a social media campaign to receive get-well wishes from the Cardinals.

“I just figured the Cardinals would send a note or just something small,” said Tommy.

Tommy has since received video messages from Jermaine Curtis, Carson Kelly and Tommy Pham. He has also received an autograph from Luke Voit.

“I did not think they would be able to reach out to my family. It is really hard to get to the email and stuff,” said Tommy.

Tommy is grateful but is holding out hope to hear from his favorite Cardinal, Yadier Molina.

“I don’t know what I would say. I would be really happy though,” said Tommy Kramer.

“I think it would make his Christmas, birthday or his everything for years to come,” said Cindy.

Other local youth teams are also singing cards and sending well wishes to Tommy.

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