Found July 04, 2013 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The plan is to play it by ear, to play it cool, but Shari LeGrande knows better. She knows at some point she's just going to say to hell with it, reach out, grab Ryan Cook and hold on to him like there's no tomorrow. "I hope he won't mind us giving him a big old family hug," Shari says. "I hope he's not germaphobic. Because he's going to be a part of our big family hugs." She laughs. A giddy laugh. A mom's laugh. Oakland reliever Ryan Cook is scheduled to visit their home in Lake Lotawana, Mo., on Friday, along with a couple of his Athletics teammates, a few hours before they're to begin a weekend series with the Kansas City Royals. Ryan Cook, who helped her baby make history. Ryan Cook, who helped her little man throw a pitch on a big-league mound from 1,800 miles away. Ryan Cook, who helped a boy whose world had been crumbling around him feel like the king of it again. "I'm just excited to get to go pu...
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