KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It’s the dream of many kids to become a Royals player, most adults’ dream too. A 6-year-old metro boy diagnosed with cancer says his dream is to be a boy in blue for a day and Thursday that dream came true.
“We`d like to sign you to a contract, with the Kansas City Royals, would you want to do that?” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said.
Rhylan Lopata sat with Moore on Thursday and signed his Royals contract, making the offer official.
“Sign your name right here,” Moore directed.
With great concentration, Rhylan signed on the dotted line. He was given the full Royals treatment. Cameras flashed and fans cheered #3 as he sat at the interview table and fielded questions from reporters. When asked who his favorite teammate is, he quickly answered Eric Hosmer and for good reason.
“He`s a good first baseman,” Rhylan said.
Rhylan stood and took pictures with his mom, dad, brother and sister. A big moment for all of them.
“Just seeing him with a smile on his face, is beyond words,” Rhylan’s dad said.
Rhylan was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January. He’s gone through chemo and radiation. While he still has a mass, he is in remission. Thursday, Make A Wish made Rhylan’s dream come true: becoming a Royals player for a day. It didn’t end there.
“What's up Rhylan?! Come give me some dude,” Eric Hosmer said.
Rhylan got to practice with his favorite teammate, Eric Hosmer.
“When you throw a fastball you gotta go like that with your glove,” Hosmer said.
Smiles were ear to ear.
“God it was amazing. To see him be a normal kid,” Rhylan’s mom Stephanie Lopata said.
As Kansas City’s newest boy in blue hit the field with Hosmer by his side. It's a memory that family says will keep Rhylan fighting.
“You're part of the squad now we need you alright?” Hosmer said.
Hosmer will now wear a wristband in honor of Rhylan at every game. Rhylan is in remission and will get a follow up scan in November.