This is a story that will make your heart melt and make you smile all at the same time.
Seven-year-old Hailey Dawson loves baseball. She plays Tee Ball and she has one wish: To throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark. Across the MLB world, teams are doing their part to make sure this happens.
According to Bleacher Report, Dawson was born without three fingers due to a rare disease. She uses a specially designed 3-D printed hand (complete with an Orioles logo and what appears to be autographs). She's able to write with the hand, and being a lifelong baseball fan, she has taught herself how to hold and throw a baseball.
7-year-old Hailey Dawson wants to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark with her 3-D printed hand pic.twitter.com/onStqhEzyB- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 7, 2017
So far, the Orioles and the Nationals have given her this opportunity, and since the word has spread around, teams across the game have invited her to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for them.
We've got a first pitch with Hailey's name on it! Please DM us her information so we can reach out- San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 7, 2017
Sounds great! Can you DM us Hailey's info, so we can reach out?- Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 7, 2017
Other teams have reached out as well, and even the Minor League circuit has offered to host Dawson ...
Hey Hailey! How about throwing out a first pitch at Raley Field? You can start here and cover the minor league circuit too 😎- River Cats (@RiverCats) September 7, 2017
Please DM us!
Two Major League teams down, 28 to go. And we look forward to watching each and every one of them.