DODGER STADIUM — Ron Cey approached 4-year-old Reece LoCicero for an introduction and autograph.
"Who's your favorite Dodger?" the former all-star third baseman asked the kindergartner.
Reece was speechless, his mother saying the youngster might be better catching behind the plate than fielding the hot corner.
"And you can be short and be a good catcher," she said. "That'd be perfect for you."
The Montrose family missed Back to School Night on Thursday to be the Dodgers' guests during batting practice.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Reece's father, Jason LoCicero.
They lingered on the grass behind the batting cage as Dodgers and Padres took their swings. They toured the dugout, took photos and wagered how many Dodger dogs Reece would put down.
He held up two fingers, his new white Fernando Valenzuela T-shirt jersey hanging below his knees.
"I'm hungry," he yelled.
Reece is battling a series of symptoms that continue to perplex doctors. Surgeries and tests have been inconclusive, but Reece is not contagious, according to doctors and medical records.