In the three months since we first heard of Ari Schultz, he’s had more ups and downs than any 5-year-old should ever have to face.

Ari, who has suffered since birth from two heart diseases, first went viral in March for his reaction to finding out he was getting a heart transplant. Soon after that, however, Ari went into cardiac arrest and his parents again held their breath.

But last week, Ari got good news once again, when his parents told him he’d be leaving the hospital after 189 days there. His reaction was beautiful.

The first thing Ari will do when he leaves the hospital: “Maybe go to a baseball field.”

Then? “Go in the back yard and practice my golf swing.” Also, “practicing my hoops.”

If Ari is as good at golf and basketball as he appears to be at baseball, he’ll be quite the star. The kid has a power stroke to make Xander Bogaerts very proud.

On Saturday, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy tweeted that the team would welcome Ari to a game at Fenway Park (alongside Pete Frates, who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness). We’re sure Bogaerts and his teammates would be very happy to meet him.

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