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Before hitting 3 HRs, Yelich delivers pup named Yeli to 6-year-old with diabetes

Rick Solem

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If you don’t love Christian Yelich for all the home runs he’s hitting, then you’ll love him for this.

Before he hit a career-high three homers Monday night in a 10-7 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, the reigning NL MVP surprised a little girl, that has Type-1 diabetes, with a puppy.

The story began in Game 3 of the season, when 6-year-old Lola Labodda brought a sign to Miller Park asking Yelich to hit a home run and her dad would buy her a puppy.

Of course, Yelich did.

And, during batting practice before the game at Miller Park on Monday, Yelich surprised Lola and her 4-year-old sister Libby with little Yeli — an 11-week-old mini doodle.

“For (Yelich) to have this dog, walk out to my entire family … he signed baseballs for all the kids, got to meet him, it was great,” Michael Labodda, the girls’ dad, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The hope is that little Yeli will be trained to become a diabetes alert dog.

Read more about the story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.