Joey Votto among mourners at 6-year-old Reds’ fan Superbubz’s visitation

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (WLWT) — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto paid his final respects to a 6-year-old boy Thursday evening.

Votto was among the hundreds in attendance at the visitation for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert.

A family friend tells WLWT that Votto refused an offer to move to the front of the line, and brought flowers for the child’s parents.

The Reds’ first baseman and Superbubz formed an unlikely bond.

After Votto hit a solo home run on Aug. 31, he waved to the 6-year-old, who was sitting in the front row near Cincinnati’s dugout.

He walked over to Superbubz after the homer and gave him the bat he used and one of his jerseys.

Walter immediately put on the jersey and one of the biggest smiles you’ll ever see.

Superbubz died last week after a fight with stage 4 pediatric cancer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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