Duval County

“Pop Pop” honored by MLB team

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

Major League Baseball is not welcoming fans in stadiums right now, but they do have an alternative, cardboard cutouts.

One Jacksonville family has an 82-year-old family member who is a die-hard A’s fan, Joe Hofer. His granddaughter, Ally made a cardboard cutout of her grandpa and called it flat “Pop Pop.”

A video Aly made of “Pop Pop” eventually got the attention of the Oakland A’s, and the team surprised the entire family with tickets to a game in 2021.

The president of the A’s reached out to “Pop Pop,” Joe, and invited him to throw the first pitch at a game in 2021.

Action News Jax will be sure to keep you updated on how the first pitch goes.


Bailey Husker

Bailey Husker

Bailey Husker is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.

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