Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Young boy to throw first pitch before Athletics game from 1,800 miles away

On Wednesday, before the Yankees-Athletics take the field in Oakland, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande will throw out the ceremonial first pitch from 1,800 miles away.

LeGrande was recently diagonsed with aplastic anemia which has comprised his immune system to the point where he cannot be around large crowds.

So, the folks at Google have worked with the LeGrande family to set up the first telerobotic first pitch in major league history.

Here is how it will happen, courtesy of The Drumbeat's Michael Gray:

Before tonight's game begins, however, LeGrande and his parents, Mike and Shari LeGrande, will be taken to a mini-baseball stadium, specially constructed by Google at its Kansas City offices. Nick's friends, doctors and former teammates will all be in attendance, too.

The telerobotic pitching machine, meanwhile, will sit atop the pitcher's mound in Oakland. The machine will follow Nick's movements as he winds up and throws, allowing him to throw the pitch remotely and to see it happen at Coliseum.

It should be a heart-warming display.

Via Eye on Baseball

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