I just could not not link to this.
About eight months after the reunion, Atkins received a birthday package in the mail from his birth mother. She had learned that Atkins had played baseball as a kid and idolized Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey. The package contained Garvey’s MVP card, a baseball and a Dodgers jersey, all personally autographed by Garvey.
Atkins was stunned. He called his birth mom and thanked her profusely, saying she did not have to do this.
“She told me, ‘You have to understand, Rodney, to me this is your first birthday.’“