“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg just made one young fan’s day.
Connor Stuart was excited to see New Kids on the Block perform at Fenway Park last week. It was his first concert. And Stuart, 11, used to hear New Kids on the Block as a toddler when his late father, who died the day after his second birthday, played the band’s music for him.
The Weymouth, Massachusetts child was just leaving the park with the souvenir T-shirt he had bought. Then, suddenly, a woman came out of the crowd and snatched the shirt from his hands, Stuart’s family said.
“I tried to make her stop walking away and then come back and give it to me, but she wouldn’t,” Stuart told local outlet WCVB.
One of Stuart’s sisters shared his story on social media. It got an outpouring of sympathy, and her account eventually made its way to none other than “Blue Bloods” star and New Kid Wahlberg.
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Sends Video Message to NKOTB Fan
Wahlberg sent a special video message to Stuart, which his mother then shared with WCVB.
“Hey Connor, this is Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block,” Wahlberg said in the video. “I wanted to let you know that I heard about what happened, and I’m very sorry. But I also want to let you know that me and the guys are putting a special care package together for you, full of T-shirts and cool stuff from New Kids, and I hope it makes you feel better.”
“I also wanted to say that next time I’m in Boston, I want to meet you,” Wahlberg added. “And take a picture, and say how proud I am of you for being so brave in this tough time. OK, my friend? Hang in there. Hope to see you soon. Bye.”
Stuart was reportedly thrilled to see the video. His mother, Sherri Stuart, told WCVB that it restored her faith in humanity to see her son get the message that when something bad happens, you can turn to people around you to make things right.
“Just to see his face when [his sisters] showed him, it melted my heart even more,” she said.
Fenway Park Show Was Packed with Energy
To set the tone for the Fenway Park show, the band’s opening number included a choreographed fireworks display that, Wahlberg said, they had been fine-tuning for weeks. The “Blue Bloods” star said they wanted their first song to send a message.
Over the course of the 2 ½ -hour show, the Boston-bred quintet performed a wide variety of songs from their 30-plus-year careers. Packing more than 30 tunes into the set, they also brought out special guests, made sincere speeches and set off further fireworks, the Boston Globe reported.
The show ended with a dazzling final fireworks display, but not before Wahlberg had played the part of jokester and tour guide, according to the Globe. The garrulous “Blue Bloods” star was on home turf, and he was having a ball.
Stuart’s concertgoing experience may have been marred by the loss of his T-shirt. But Now Wahlberg is helping to make Stuart’s first concert his best one ever.