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So I did a thing…

By on Jan 31, 2018 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

This whole “10k retweets for a first pitch opportunity” thing has been one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I half-jokingly threw out the question to the A’s twitter account, honestly expecting a little playful back and forth at best, and got so much more. You never really realize the impact you’ve had on friends and family till you hit the tough times. That’s one huge lesson I’ve learned the last year. I was literally in my oncologist’s office, waiting for my appointment when I saw the A’s came back with an incredibly gracious offer. 10k retweets and they’d let me throw out the first pitch. I should have thrown in a cool hashtag, or written more than I did, but Dr. Hu was walking through the door at that moment so I just hit the send button. By the time I got out of appointment I was sitting at 200 RTs, in part to some...

My pitch for making the first pitch for the Oakland A’s

By on Jan 22, 2018 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

A year ago, my life was a whole hell of a lot different.   A year ago today, some guy from the Cleveland area asked the Indians how many retweets he needed to get to be able to throw out a first pitch. It was coming on the heels of the whole “Wendy’s chicken nuggets” retweet thing. They told him 100 million. As a joke, I asked the Athletics how many I needed to get in order to be able to throw out a first pitch. I never got a response. That was one of the last things I tweeted before getting sick. It was about a year ago that I started the 2 week slide that led to me being admitted to the hospital and finding out I had stage 4 colon cancer. There’s been a lot of crap I’ve had to go through in the last 52 weeks. 7 rounds of infusion chemo (including an allergic reaction to the Oxaliplatin that damn near killed me) 2 surgeries to remove the tumors 1 surgery to put in a colostomy because...