He Got a $4.5M MLB Signing Bonus. He Used It for a Christmas Gift

Brady Singer, top prospect for Kansas City Royals, paid off mom and dad's bank loan, all other debt
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2018 7:30 AM CST
Right-handed pitcher Brady Singer, the Kansas City Royals' top pick of the 2018 draft, smiles after a conference announcing his signing before the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on...   (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)

(Newser) – Imagine being 22 years old and able to offer your parents the ultimate Christmas gift: freedom from debt. That's a feeling just experienced by Brady Singer, a first-round draft pick in this year's MLB draft and now a prospect for the Kansas City Royals, after he made the moving gesture to his mom and dad in a video that's been viewed millions of times on social media, USA Today reports. "To give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I. I can't thank them enough," Singer wrote in the caption accompanying the clip, which showed his parents, Brett and Jacquelyn Singer, opening a letter from their son to them. "There's absolutely no way I could have done all this by myself," an emotional Jacquelyn Singer read from his note. "Both of you constantly took off of work and spent every dime you made just to put a smile on my face."

Brady Singer went on to detail the money his parents had invested in him over the years, including "traveling, the gear, hotel, food, and all those Gatorades I drank." And then, the reveal: that he'd not only used his $4.5 million signing bonus to wipe out their bank loan, but also all their other debt, per Fox News. "Now, instead of trying to save money every weekend to replace the savings account you drained on traveling to see me play baseball, you can spend it on yourselves because you deserve the very best," he wrote. The chances Singer may eventually recoup that cash look promising: Per Yahoo Sports, he won the SEC Baseball Pitcher of the Year award this spring, helped his University of Florida team become the No. 1 seed in this year's NCAA tourney, and is now considered the top prospect for the Royals by Baseball America. (A Bollywood star recently paid off farmers' debts.)

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