Back in 2015, then-5-year-old Hailey Dawson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game.
Born with a rare congenital condition called Poland Syndrome, Hailey was born with just two fingers on her right hand. The engineering department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas helped craft a special 3D-printed hand for her, allowing her to grip and throw a baseball, something she might have otherwise not been able to do.
Hailey had so much fun throwing out that first pitch she set a goal of doing it at every Major League Baseball park.
Thanks to a viral video, it just might happen.
On Sept. 7, Bleacher Report published a video about Hailey’s quest. The video highlighted her recent stop to visit the Washington Nationals, including a meet-and-greet with star outfielder Bryce Harper. The internet took notice, letting out a collective “awwwww” — as did more than a few big league teams.
Within hours, teams from all over the league began offering Hailey invites, including one from my beloved (World Series champs) Chicago Cubs.
If the video didn’t melt your heart, the outpouring of support and encouragement might just do the trick.
We would love to have Hailey at AT&T Park! Please DM us her info.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 7, 2017
We would love to have Hailey visit us! Please DM us her info!
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 7, 2017
We’d LOVE to have Hailey at CBP!
Can you please DM us her information so we can reach out?
— Phillies (@Phillies) September 7, 2017
Can you make it up to Minnesota, Hailey? DM us your info and we will make it happen!
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 7, 2017
Sounds great! Can you DM us Hailey’s info, so we can reach out?
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 7, 2017
Absolutely! Please DM us Hailey’s info. so we can get in touch with her.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 7, 2017
We are on board! Send her our way!
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 7, 2017
We love this! Can you please DM us Hailey’s info so that we can set something up? 👏👏👏
— Oakland A’s 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) September 7, 2017
We’d love to make it happen! Please DM us her info.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 7, 2017
Looks like we need to get you to Fenway, Hailey!
Just DM us with your info and we’re in! ⚾️
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 8, 2017
Happy to help Hailey out! As others said, please DM us her info and we’ll reach out.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 7, 2017
We’re in! Help us get in touch and we’ll take it from there.
— WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWindia (@Indians) September 8, 2017
Such an incredible story. Can you DM us her info so we can reach out?
— Mariners (@Mariners) September 7, 2017
For sure. We’re in! DM us her info and we’ll take it from there.
— Pirates (@Pirates) September 7, 2017
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
She even got invited to stop by a few colleges, minor league stadiums, and should she ever find herself in Mexico, a stop or two down there, as well.
If you’re not too tired from throwing first pitches in the bigs we’d love to have you in Toledo! DM your info and we’ll set it up. ❤️⚾️
— Toledo Mud Hens (@MudHens) September 8, 2017
Hey Hailey! How about throwing out a first pitch at Raley Field? You can start here and cover the minor league circuit too 😎
Please DM us!
— River Cats (@RiverCats) September 7, 2017
We would love to have Hailey throw out a 1st pitch at our 7th Annual DisAbilities Awareness Night in April next year. Please DM us her info!
— Inland Empire 66ers (@66ersBaseball) September 7, 2017
She is welcome whenever she wants next season. DM us!
— Reno Aces (@Aces) September 7, 2017
Yes, science is very cool, and seeing 3D-printing being used to improve the lives of everyday people is a big win for humanity. But most of all, this is a story about a girl with a goal that others are coming together to help her achieve.
If the video and the team responses bring a smile to your face, that’s great. If they motivate you to help others achieve their dreams, that’s even better.
Way to go, Hailey, and way to go, Major League Baseball.
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