Barney’s heart-felt visit

Vine Line’s July cover boy has continued to make a positive impact on and off the field. Post by Austin Hannon. (Photo by Stephen Green)

More important than healing his knee while on the 15-day DL, Darwin Barney took the time to heal the spirits of a 2-year-old boy at Chicago Memorial Hospital in June.

Drew Boedigheimer was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy in April and underwent a successful heart transplant in May. To cheer up Drew, one doctor recommended contacting the Cubs, and with the help of the team, the family soon connected with the rookie second baseman.

“It was obviously an easy decision for me to go,” Barney told The Oregonian.

Barney, featured on the July cover of Vine Line, arrived full of gifts, including a team-autographed baseball. Drew’s parents were thrilled Barney visited their son.

“He seemed truly concerned for Drew,” Tara Boedigheimer said. “He didn’t want press there. He wasn’t doing it for any reason other than being generally concerned.”

An Oregon native, Barney didn’t leave empty handed. Drew gave him a snow globe that played “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to give to his soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter, Hayden.

“Just being able to have an impact and help someone going through that in their lives and their family is special,” said Barney, reflecting on the experience.

Boedigheimer is now recovering well, and Barney has completed his comeback from injury too, hitting .280 with eight doubles and nine RBIs. The Cubs second baseman ranks second among all rookies in hits and batting average.

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