Brady Singer, MLB Prospect, Pays Off Parents’ Home and Debt

By Zachary Stieber

Kansas City Royals prospect Brady Singer left his parents stunned with a huge Christmas gift.

Singer, who received a $4.25 million signing bonus in June after being selected in the Major League Baseball draft, informed his parents on Tuesday, Dec. 25, that he was wiping out their debt.

Singer shared a video of his parents receiving the gift, which featured a letter thanking them for all they’d done.

“I just want to say thank you for everything you’ve done to help me reach my dreams. From Woodlea Field to Kauffman Stadium, there is absolutely no way I could have done all this by myself,” he wrote.

“Both of you constantly took off of work and spent every dime you made just to put a smile on my face. My smile and appreciation for both of you has never stopped and it never will.”

Singer said his parents worked hard to be thrifty while traveling extensively so he could play in different places.

“I am paying off the loan from the bank. Also, I paid off all your debt as well. Now instead of trying to save money every weekend to replace the savings account you drained on traveling to see me play baseball, you can spend it on yourselves,” Singer wrote.

“Because you deserve the very best, I want you both to know how much I appreciate you and how none of this would be possible without you. Your giving hearts helped to shape my tiny dream into a reality. I love you both more than you can ever imagine and will never forget what you both have done.”

His parents are captured in the footage getting emotional while reading the letter.

The footage has been viewed more than six million times since being posted on Christmas Day.

Christmas Spending

Nine in 10 Americans, and 95 percent of Christians, celebrate Christmas, according to a Pew Research survey.

This year, consumers said they were planning to spend an average of $1,007.24 during the winter holiday season, with $215.04 of that planned for food, decorations, flowers, and greeting cards, according to the National Retail Foundation.

Adults told Gallup that they planned to spend an average of $885 on Christmas gifts in 2018, the highest holiday spending projection since the 2007 to 2009 recession. That included 33 percent of respondents who said they planned to spend at least $1,000 on Christmas gifts.

A 2017 survey from the Lincoln Financial Group found that millennials typically spend more on the holidays versus other age groups, at an average of $1,400. That was $500 more than Boomers and Gen Xers. Experts said people should save up throughout the year if planning to spend big for the holidays, and to plan ahead and make a budget.

“It’s tempting to splurge at this time of year, but it’s important to ensure that holiday spending doesn’t derail your finances,” said Jamie Ohl, president at Lincoln Financial Group, in a statement. “As with all financial matters, planning is a good way to stay on track, even when you’re tempted by sales and impulse buys.”