ST. PETERSBURG -- Before taking the mound Wednesday against the Yankees, David Price had something important to take care of.
The Tampa Bay lefty visited a local children's hospital to support 11-year-old Leigh Dittman, a special friend of his. Leigh and her family were recognized for their contributions to the hospital with a permanent plaque on the philanthropic wall.
With the help of her family, Leigh, a patient at the hospital, has raised over $300,000 through a charity fundraiser.
"It was a good day for Leigh," Price said. "It was an emotional day for her."
In addition, the Dittman family presented Price with a plaque of his own for his work and dedication on behalf of Leigh and her cause.
The two met in 2009 at a Rays event in Tampa, and they have kept in contact ever since. Price has had Leigh at Tropicana Field for games and batting practice numerous times this season.
"She's just a little spark plug, man," Price said. "She kind of took me away from everybody [when I first met her], and I hung out with her for the rest of the day."