Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 6/13/13
13-year-old Nick LeGrande of Kansas City, Mo., suffers from severe aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder, and as such cannot attend sporting events and the like in person for fear of germs and illness. But that didn’t stop the rabid baseball fan, and Little Leaguer, from throwing out the first pitch at Wednesday night’s Yankees-A’s game some 1,800 miles away at the Oakland Coliseum, thanks to A’s reliever Ryan Cook, Google, and a telerobotic pitching machine. Very, very cool, not just from a technology standpoint, but from a humanity standpoint as well. Kudos to Cook for helping get Google in touch with the LeGrande family to set this whole thing up, and kudos to Google as well, for making a kid’s dream come true. From SF Gate… The A’s say it’s believed to be the first telerobotic first pitch in Major League Baseball history. The same technology is used to perform remote operations aboard the International Space Station and allows doctors to perform surgery in remote areas. An A’s fan (and something of a Yankees fan, too) who grew up playing Little League Baseball, Nick can no longer attend games with live crowds due to his illness. 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 O.co Coliseum. Here’s more of Nick’s touching backstory… Get better Nick LeGrande. [Bob's Blitz] The post 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw a telerobotic first pitch at the A’s-Yankees game appeared first on Last Angry Fan.
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