TAMPA, Florida - Even before the Rays played Minnesota on July 8th, Matt Joyce had a full day.
Hours before his team seeks its fifth straight win, the 28-year-old outfielder spent time visiting with some of Tampa General Hospital's youngest patients.
"A smile goes a long way," Joyce said. "To be around these kids and have some laughs, that's what it's all about."
As if a professional athlete wasn't enough of a draw for the kids, Joyce brought along some friends. Fan favorite Raymond made the trip to Tampa General as well, and a local Hess gas station also donated 50 toy trucks to be given out to the kids.
"It shows where [Matt's] heart is," says Jackelin Soto, the mother of Antonio. "It was nice to have someone come and visit because no one has come in here for a long time... except the nurses."
With 14 home runs already this year, Joyce is showing he can make a difference on the field as well. Only about six hours after he left the children's unit, Joyce was in his uniform and ready to go... all in a day's work.
Written by 10 News Intern Adam Pages