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Young baseball fan lives out dream and sets record

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A 13-year-old Kansas City boy battling an extremely rare blood disease lives out his dream and lands a spot in the record books.  With one strike down the middle, Nick LeGrande made history.

To understand how much this night means to him though, you have to go back to January when he was first diagnosed with Aplastic Anema.  The extremely rare blood disease zaps him of his energy and cost him his entire season playing the sport he loves- baseball.

"Baseball is like a passion to me," said LeGrande.  "I just really love it."

A team at Google Fiber approached his doctors with an idea to help boost his spirits: allow the life-long Yankees fan to throw out the first pitch at a major league game without traveling too far from his medical team.

They've been planning this in secret for months, setting up a special field at Google headquarters and using a tele-robotic device to physically throw the pitch 1,800 miles away at the A's-Yankees game in California.

Google says this is the first time a robot has ever thrown out the first pitch at a professional game, landing Nick a spot in the record books.

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