KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals asked for a moment of silence Friday night for Kaiser Carlile, the bat boy for the Liberal, Kan., Bee Jays, who was hit in the head by a bat during a baseball tournament in Wichita last weekend.
The nine-year-old died from the head injury, even though he was wearing a helmet.
The tribute to Kaiser came as the Royals begin their homestand against the White Sox.
Many were prepared for the tribute; they wore T-shirts that said "KC", which are Kaiser Carlile's initials, followed by a heart.
Josh Riesgo says he's sold thousands of them and didn't imagine his Kansas City T-shirt would warm hearts in a time of tragedy.
"We thought about doing something for him with the KC Heart shirt, we just decided to donate instead. We didn't want to make it about getting sales or anything. We would just encourage others to donate as well," said Riesgo, co-owner of T-shirt company Charlie Hustle.