7-year-old Hailey Dawson currently has standing invitations from 28 MLB teams to throw out a first pitch at their parks. The other two teams, Orioles and Nationals, have already welcomed Hailey and had her throw out a pitch.
Dawson isn’t just a precocious kid who loves baseball, though. She was born with Poland Syndrome. As we wrote earlier this fall:
Due to Poland Syndrome, Dawson only has three fingers on one hand. A team at UNLV Engineering built her a 3D-printed hand, so she can now throw a baseball as well as more easily do everyday tasks that would have otherwise been more difficult. She has a few different types of hands she can wear, including one dedicated to pitching completely.
Now, Hailey got to check third team off of her list, and on a massive stage as well. The Houston Astros welcomed the young fan to the park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series.
She got to throw the first pitch out with a custom World Series hand too, gold and blue emblazoned with the series’ logo.
Jose Altuve caught her opening toss, and she got to spend some time pre-game with him and Justin Verlander.
Hailey Dawson (7),throwing out 1st pitch tonight, spent time w/ Justin Verlander & her catcher Jose Altuve.Hailey was born w/ a rare condition called Poland Syndrome & is missing 3 fingers on her right hand.With aid of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand she can play the sport she loves pic.twitter.com/wjQZE4iTRR— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 29, 2017
Hailey is from the Las Vegas-area, so Verlander also presented her with some “Vegas Strong” cleats before her big moment.
Earlier today, J.Verlander presented NV native Hailey Dawson, who will throw 1st pitch w/robotic hand, cleats w/ “Vegas Strong” inscription. pic.twitter.com/taHkdoHlep— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) October 28, 2017
FOX didn’t actually televise her first pitch live, and people noticed that she didn’t get her moment on TV as well as in the park.
What’s wrong with fox that they would not televise hailey dawson’s first pitch in houston?— Patrick Roddy (@interestedalot) October 29, 2017
@MLBONFOX No coverage of Hailey Dawson’s first pitch?!? Pathetic! Shame on you!— Brian Motyka (@hazzardous_duke) October 29, 2017
Am I wrong, or did @FOXSports not show Las Vegan Hailey Dawson throwing out the first pitch? Wow.— Mark Anderson (@markanderson65) October 29, 2017
FOX should know how important stories like this are to show to people at home, not just those with tickets. They eventually went back and showed it a few innings into the game, but it would have been better live.