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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The hottest tickets in town right now are tickets to a Royals postseason game. Four of those coveted tickets are going to a seven-year-old boy and his family, and they came as a special delivery from pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.

It was a surprise worthy of a young boy who's overcome a lot and thrived. As Guthrie walked into a King Elementary classroom, kids’ faces lit up - a real life baseball star was in their class.

But the day got even more special for Marion Gragg; a kid who teachers describe as polite, kind, responsible, and a leader in the classroom, even though they say he's been through some trying times during his young life.

"These aren't the real tickets, don't take these to the stadium.  These are posters that you can put in your room," Guthrie said as he revealed commemorative tickets. The real tickets are right behind the visitor's dugout for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros.

Marion and his mom were pretty surprised.

"I was just in shock I guess. This is a big deal," mom Erica Smith said.

They'll go with Marion's siblings to the game decked out in their Royals gear, a chance to see their home team play once again, an opportunity that they never dreamed they'd get.

"We actually went to the last regular homestand that Sunday, and I was like we better enjoy because we won't see them until next year," Smith said.

While Marion says for now he'll remember the moment Guthrie gave him tickets for the next four days, his mom thinks that memory will last a lot longer.

"I felt that it was great," Marion told FOX 4.

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