13-year Old Boy Will Throw Out First Pitch in Oakland from 1800 Miles Away
Nick LeGrand is a 13-year old baseball player from Kansa City, MO who has a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia. This year he was told he couldn’t play his favorite sport, baseball. However, tonight (6/12) he will get to throw out the first pitch at the Oakland Athletics/New York Yankees game. He will do it from 1,800 miles away.
It’s all made possible by Google. Nick will be directing by remote control a telerobotic pitching arm that will be on the mound in Oakland. The technology with the arm is the same used on the space station and in medical procedures.
A’s reliever Ryan Cook heard about Nick’s battle and helped make the history making pitch possible.