Found June 12, 2013 on Fox Sports:
PLAYERS: Ryan Cook
TEAMS: Oakland Athletics
In what is believed to be a baseball first when it comes to ceremonial first pitches, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande was scheduled to take the toss before the Yankees-Athletics game on Wednesday night from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., by using a telerobotic pitching machine. A first pitch from 1,800 miles away -- a neat new concept, indeed. LeGrande is an A's fan with a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia, and the former Little Leaguer's illness no longer allows him to attend games. LeGrande and his family, including parents Mike and Shari, were to be taken to a mini baseball stadium. It has been constructed by Google at its Kansas City offices -- a location close to LeGrande's home and Children's Mercy Hospital, where he receives treatment. Nick's friends, doctors and former teammates are expected to be in attendance. At the same time across the country, a telerobotic pitching machine was to be placed on the pitcher's mound at the Oakland C...
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