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13-year-old boy to throw out first pitch from 1,800 miles away

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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The spare details: 13-year-old Nick LeGrande, diagnosed recently with aplastic anemia, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday night's Yankees-Athletics game in Oakland. Now, the real story ...

Incredible, uplifting stuff. As Michael Gray of The Drumbeat notes, A's reliever Ryan Cook hooked the LeGrande family up with Google, and the idea for the first telerobotic first pitch in major league history took shape. Gray writes:

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.

I tell no tales when I say I can't wait to see this. Good for everyone involved.

Let 'er rip, Nick.

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