Google helped a 13-year-old battling severe aplastic anemia throw out the 1st pitch at the A's game last night - from KC | Bob's Blitz

Google helped a 13-year-old battling severe aplastic anemia throw out the 1st pitch at the A's game last night - from KC

13-year-old Nick LeGrande is battling severe aplastic anemia in Kansas City. Last night Nick threw out the first pitch of the Yankees / Oakland A's game in California -- 1800 miles away from Missouri. That's right, Google helped hook up a telerobotic first pitch because Nick cannot attend events with crowds.



The A’s say it’s believed to be the first telerobotic first pitch in Major League Baseball history. The same technology is used to perform remote operations aboard the International Space Station and allows doctors to perform surgery in remote areas.

An A’s fan (and something of a Yankees fan, too) who grew up playing Little League Baseball, Nick can no longer attend games with live crowds due to his illness...LeGrande and his parents, Mike and Shari LeGrande, were taken to a mini-baseball stadium, specially constructed by Google at its Kansas City offices. Nick’s friends, doctors and former teammates were all in attendance, too.

Later, an A's security guard took a ball to the head -- but that could not immediately be traced to Master LeGrande.

Here's more of Nick and Google's story.



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