Casey Cares wants to give a huge shout out to the Baltimore Orioles and Zach Britton for putting a smile on the face of our Casey Cares kiddo, Cyrus, who was a little nervous before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the O's game.
Cyrus, who is turning 7 on August 4, and has been battling leukemia for the last two years, had been practicing a lot of pitching in his backyard with his dad. He loves the Orioles and has become a big fan of Zach's ever since the Major League Baseball pitcher had visited him at Johns Hopkins Hospital. WMAR/ABC2News captured the night with this fantastic story!
Through Casey Cares, Cyrus was able to go to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to throw out the first ceremonial pitch of the game against the Houston Astros. And he got to bring along his mom, dad and grandfather. In addition, he had huge crowd support from friends and family from his church, Rosedale Baptist.
As you can imagine, it is pretty nervewracking to be in front of the crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and little Cyrus got lots of pre-pitch pep talks. Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. saw Cyrus on the field and crouched down to give him some support. Two fo the Orioles ball girls also came by and so did the Oriole Bird. Then came Zach Britton, and Cyrus was in awe.
With his dad at his dad, Cyrus mustered the strength to throw a fantastic pitch right into Zach's glove.
Afterward, Cyrus went to enjoy some Dippin' Dots cotton candy ice cream when Casey Cares got a phone call from an Orioles staffer. The Orioles had one more surprise for Cyrus ... an Orioles jersey signed by Zach Britton!
Cyrus' face lit up with the biggest smile ever!
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