Posted November 15, 2013

Jim Harbaugh joins the rest of ‘Gotham City’ in cheering on BatKid

San Francisco 49ers
BatKid prepares for his latest adventure, and the 49ers are impressed. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

BatKid prepares for his latest adventure, and the 49ers are impressed. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

If you’ve been anywhere near television, newspapers or social media today, you’re aware of the amazing adventure that one five-year-old boy has enjoyed. Miles Scott is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a disease he’s been fighting since he was 20 months old. The young man finished his latest round of chemotherapy in June, and his dream was to keep living his life in heroic fashion. The Bay Area chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation was made aware of Miles’ goal — to be Batman.

What occurred in the wake of that wish  makes for an amazing story. With the efforts of thousands of volunteers, San Francisco turned itself into Gotham City for a day, and Miles was able to save the city as “BatKid.”

“I thought I could do it on a scale that a 5-year-old would appreciate,” Patricia Wilson, Make-A-Wish’s Bay Area executive director, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “But apparently, it’s on a scale now that the nation appreciates. I’ve never seen anything go viral like this, with the outpouring of support from across the world.”

Young Miles saved a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks, foiled the Riddler in a bank heist attempt, and rescued Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants’ mascot, after poor Lou was kidnapped by the Penguin. He then received the key to the city from Mayor Edwin Lee.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spent Friday preparing his team for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but he was just as aware as everybody else in the city of what BatKid was accomplishing.

“It’s wonderful, wonderful,” Harbaugh said during his press conference. “It’s great for the youngster and it’s great for the city of San Francisco and the whole region.

“I’m excited to read about it. Saving lives for the day, I love it. It’s so good … A good deed in a weary world.”

No doubt. If you’re not aware of BatKid’s exploits, you can catch up here, or follow the #SFBatKid hashtag on Twitter.

16 comments
WilsonKao
WilsonKao

this is a really sweet thing to do, but lets be honest, I would rather take this effort and money and allow more kids to feel better instead of going all the way just to make one kid feel better, its not like he's the only one who wanted his wish granted. are they going to put the same energy and effort for everyone else? because it will now break those kids heart who dont get the same treatment for having the same issue

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It's hard to imagine a kid that has had to go through all he has since he was 20 months old! This was a day he will never forget. And I hope that is many, many years.

JeffreyRayStone
JeffreyRayStone

Why is this a story? The whole nation was cheering this kid on. To make Harbaugh not seem like the wack job that he is?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@JohnMatuszak  Let me ask you, seriously, did you make your comment just to see the reaction, or are you so totally out of touch with humanity that you mean it. Really, I'd like to know. If you're just an ignorant troll, okay, they are millions of them, but if you meant it I encourage you to get psychiatric help as soon as possible.

Phoenix_m
Phoenix_m

@JohnMatuszak When I was a kid way back when the real John Matuszack spent the day with a kid from my school who was dying of  leukaemia. 

j7apple
j7apple

@JeffreyRayStone  Dude, you must have issues to take a positive story and put a negative spin on it.

j7apple
j7apple

@thekidsalami  Actually more of a sad excuse of a member of our society. I would put a bet on it. that this person has met with adversity in their life and  could not handle it, and lives a sad bitter existence finding their only joy in spewing hatred and sarcastic remarks in a state of jealousy.

MGMD
MGMD

@j7apple @JeffreyRayStone His point is that Harbaugh had nothing to do with this entire event and SI is trying to make a story out of it.  The headlines led me to believe that Harbaugh was actually there cheering on the kid.  The story about the kid and the event is fantastic, but to tie Harbaugh into it this was really lame.

j7apple
j7apple

@Shortofbrillant @j7apple @MGMD @JeffreyRayStone

Does it really matter? It is a good story.

“It’s wonderful, wonderful,” Harbaugh said during his press conference. “It’s great for the youngster and it’s great for the city of San Francisco and the whole region.

“I’m excited to read about it. Saving lives for the day, I love it. It’s so good … A good deed in a weary world.”

Shortofbrillant
Shortofbrillant

@j7apple @MGMD @JeffreyRayStone 

It's a forced story. There is no link because Harbaugh did nothing to add to the Batkid's adventure. You could make this same story about every athlete in sports. At the end of the day it's just a filler story, which points to lazy "journalism".


j7apple
j7apple

@MGMD @j7apple @JeffreyRayStone  I know what he meant...If this was CNN news, I would understand..but this is the sports section, is it not? I can see the tie in, as if it was going on in Baltimore and they tie in his brother...