CINCINNATI – When Reds honorary batboy Teddy Kremer is featured on ESPN Tuesday night, associate producer Megan Anderson is sure Kramer's story will stir hearts around the country, just as he has in the Reds dugout.
Kremer is the 30-year-old with Down syndrome who cast a spell on the Reds last year with his big smile, joy and exuberance.
On camera, Reds manager Dusty Baker calls Kremer “the ultimate positive thinker.”
“There are a few things to be down about, but he’s how everybody should be,” Baker said.
Kremer is featured in a 10-minute segment on ESPN’s one-hour “E:60” show, which airs from 7 p.m. to 8. It will be shown on ESPN2 between 8 p.m. and 9 and again between 9 and 10.
A screening of Kremer’s story at the ESPN studio brought some viewers to tears, Anderson said.
“I don’t want to give a lot away, but you’ll see a whole lot of Teddy Kremer being Teddy Kremer,” Anderson said. “His personality made our job easy. We just followed him around with our cameras and let him bring the story to life himself. You’ll get a good idea how he transformed the team with his presence and positive attitude."
Watch a one-minute preview below or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bUGcrP1d0
Always a big Reds fan, Kremer, of White Oak, got his dream-come-true last year after his parents attended a silent auction. One of the items for bid was a chance to be honorary bat boy for a game.
Kremer was such a hit with Reds players and fans that the team brought him back for two more games this year and gave him a job in fan accommodations.
The Reds won all three games when Kremer was bat boy.
Kremer already earned local celebrity status before appearing on ESPN. He is recognized wherever he goes, and House Speaker John Boehner invited him to the State of the Union address.
Anderson, a Northern Kentucky native, said she is particularly emotional about the story after spending a lot of time with Kremer and his family.
"They have been so kind to me and the crew," she said.
Plus, it was Anderson's idea to profile Kremer after reading about him in the Enquirer.
Anderson, whose father is former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson, graduated from Notre Dame Academy (1996) and Northern Kentucky University’s radio and TV program (2003). She has worked at ESPN since 2008.
Anderson was putting the finishing touches on the Kremer piece Tuesday morning.
“I’ve seen every frame we shot. I’ve been a little emotional through the whole project,” she said.
Anderson said she has been most impressed by Kremer’s “positive energy.”
“When you watch him go through life with a smile on his face, you realize how special he is and appreciate how wonderful life is,” she said. “If you’re having a bad day, you just have to spend five minutes with him and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.”
Watch a recent “E:60” feature on Bengals receiver A.J. Green at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9684821
If you miss the Kremer telecast, it will be archived with other “E:60” features at http://espn.go.com/espn/e60/index
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