Arizona Diamondbacks first round draft pick, Pavin Smith, had a very Merry Christmas in store for his parents this year. As a gift, he paid off their mortgage after receiving his $5 millions signing bonus this year.
Smith reportedly told his parents that the gift was a “thank you for raising me in a great home filled with love,” USA Today reported.
“Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours,” the player said in the letter to his parents.
Smith posted a video to Twitter of his parents opening the gift and reading his heartfelt letter aloud.
Thank you for everything you have done for me! This doesn’t make up for any of it. Love you both so much. Our home is finally all YOURS. Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/h9wog2HfHv
— Pavin Smith (@PavinSmith) December 25, 2017
After the draft, the 21-year-old Smith played for the Class A Hillsboro Hops. In his 42 games, he hit .318 with 27 RBIs for the Diamondbacks affiliate.
During his college career at Virginia, Smith hit .342 including 13 home runs and earned a school-record 77 RBIs in 59 games. He had 178 RBIs in three seasons, which rings in as the second most in the school’s history.
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