Bat boy's dad, Chad Carlile, wants youth program to continue despite son's tragic death

TODAY | Eun Kyung Kim

Kaiser's legacy already has been felt, thanks to his parents donating the boy's organ to help the lives of two other children.

The father of the 9-year-old bat boy who died after being struck in the head by a bat said he wants the program his child participated in to continue despite his son's tragic accident.

"This shouldn't be taken away from any other kids, the opportunity to be able to do this. This is something I think should stick around," Chad Carlile told NBC News in his first sit-down interview. "There might be a better way to do things, yes, but this bat boy thing is tremendous for kids and youth."

Carlile's son, Kaiser, was accidentally struck in the head with a baseball bat last Saturday during a practice swing from a player warming up near the on-deck circle for the Liberal Bee Jays. The boy, who was wearing a helmet at the time, was rushed to the hospital but died the next day.

The National Baseball Congress suspended using bat boys and bat girls after that game, and Kaiser's death immediately struck a nerve with the nation. Continue reading