On Saturday, July 31, Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito suffered a medical emergency during the first inning of a game against the Rochester Red Wings, the Washington Nationals’ affiliate.
The game and subsequent games of the series were suspended, while Brito needed emergency surgery Saturday night and a second surgery on Sunday.
As Brito continues to recover, his future in baseball and outside of the game is uncertain. But what is clear is that Brito is a beloved member of the Phillies franchise and the baseball world, as the outpouring of love and support has indicated. Major leaguers including Andrew McCutchen and Cole Irvin, numerous minor league teams, and thousands of fans have sent well-wishes to Brito.
The latest tribute is absolutely beautiful.
On Friday night, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will all don jerseys with Brito’s name on the back.
Earlier this week, Brito was reported to be stable but still in intensive care. The Phillies brought his mother from Venezuela to Rochester to be by his side, as well as his girlfriend. He also has had team staff by his side throughout.
On Tuesday, the IronPigs won their first game since Brito’s medical emergency. His jersey and other equipment were prominently featured in their dugout, and the players wrote his number on their caps.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Brito, his loved ones, and the Phillies organization.