Found April 22, 2013 on Next Impulse Sports:
Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philly was Autism Awareness Night and the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by a young man with autism named Joseph Dever. Joseph took the opportunity to have a blast, and we loved every second of it. Everyone can learn a lesson from the amount of fun Joseph squeezed out of 30 seconds. The 700 Level did a perfect job in describing the goodness: First, he does the old glove to the face trick to communicate with someone about pitch selection (we assume), then he gets into a serious pitching position before balking to get the crowd pumped up. What a showman! Finally, after delivering a pretty decent pitch to the Phillie Phanatic, the kid makes your heart melt by imitating Brad Lidge’s legendary fall-to-his-knees celebration following the Phillies winning the World Series in Game 5 in 2008. But the cuteness doesn’t stop there, as one of his little lady friends runs out and tackles him to the ground. Amazing. Pretty awesome, huh? Your browse...
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Young fan with Autism throws out first pitch

Joseph Dever threw out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game on Saturday as a representative of Austim Awareness, and it was one of the best first pitch’s of all-time. The kid did a spot-on Brad Lidge impression from when the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. You have to love the showmanship of the kid. He played to the crowd beautifully, and who didn’t enjoy the...
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