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June 14, 2013

The 'Peanut' gang

Texas boy becomes NECC baseball's biggest supporter

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He was in the dugout, rooting his favorite team on and swapping stories with the guys.

“His nickname is Peanut, probably because he was small, but he grew a lot this year,” said Tyler Johnson, who just finished two years on the NECC team. “He was part of our team as much as any player was.”

NECC athletic director Sue MacAvoy, who made the trip with the baseball team the last two years, said the relationship between the baseball team is like something she has never seen before.

“People need to understand this wasn’t driven by the coaches,” said MacAvoy. “This was all player-driven. It’s really special. They really had a big effect on Jacob and I think he on them, too.”

Entering his sophomore year in high school, his mom said his relationship with the NECC baseball team has elevated his confidence and, in fact, helped teach him about leadership.

“It’s funny. Now he sees a little kid struggling with something, he’s the first one to help,” said Kativa. “This relationship has been an amazing thing for us and Jacob.”

The Robinsons spent time visiting Boston landmarks, including Fenway Park, where they took in a game with three NECC players last weekend.

“This means a lot to me, how these guys treated me,” said Jacob. “I get emotional when I think about it. I love being around the guys. They will always be like family to me. Always.”

You can email Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

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