Athletics fan with COVID-19 offered chance to throw out first pitch at home opener

Bill Baer
NBC Sports

Athletics fan Justin Wilhite created a popular thread on Twitter in which he chronicled his battle with coronavirus (COVID-19). He posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed while still wearing an A’s beanie, which got the attention of team president Dave Kaval.

Per MLB.com’s Martín Gallegos, the team has invited Wilhite to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, whenever that might be. Kaval said, “Oh, we’re doing it. I’ve traded a bunch of texts with him and his brother. I think it’s going to be tremendous to have him out there.”

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Kaval added, “Throwing the first pitch for the season that has obviously been so affected by this virus, I think will just be a tremendous way to heal as a community and celebrate the fight that he’s fighting and [is] hopefully almost through. We’re really looking forward to that moment.”

A nice gesture by Kaval and the A’s. In the meantime, here’s wishing Wilhite and others a speedy recovery as we battle this pandemic.

Athletics fan with COVID-19 offered chance to throw out first pitch at home opener originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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