7/21 Wells & Theriot host concert Aug. 4
Carter Kettner was 6 years old when he died on May 12 but the youngster left a lasting impression on Randy Wells. The Cubs pitcher met the boy last year when he visited Wrigley Field before a Cubs game. Kettner had brain cancer.
“He came in last year out of the blue for a Make A Wish [event],” Wells said Wednesday. “He got some autographs and we went out in the dugout and I just hung out with him.
“It was unbelievable how his family dealt with it and stayed strong for him,” Wells said. “They were probably torn up inside that their child was going to die. I don’t want kids to have to go through that. I want to make their time as good as possible.”
Wells is teaming up with Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot to host the first Red Dirt Fest on Aug. 4 at benefit Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. For $30, fans will see some of Wells’ favorite bands such as Stoney LaRue, Brandon Jenkins and Randy Rogers performing at Joe’s Bar in Chicago.
Wells has a photo of Kettner in his locker and sees that smile every day. It’s his inspiration.
“I wanted to do something for him but I didn’t think it was fair just to do something for one person when there are a lot of kids out there dealing with the same stuff,” he said. “[The concert] seemed like a good fit.”
— Carrie Muskat