In his first Major League Baseball game, 27-year-old rookie Chris Dominguez could not stop smiling after his home run ball was retrieved from a little girl who signed the ball with an encouraging note and drew a heart.

The souvenir ball to mark his first at-bat with the San Francisco Giants, will forever bear Estella’s “Congrations” — and her friend’s initial note to Estella, who was celebrating her eighth birthday, “Happy Birthday, love M.”

In an interview, Dominguez described his feelings about the ball (in the video below at :40) saying, “That is awesome… I think it’s great for the memories.”

The photo was tweeted by Comcast SportsNet’s Andrew Baggarly on his Twitter feed: @CSNBaggs

(READ the story from Yahoo Sports)

Story tip from Mike McGinley

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