The teams really stepped up to the plate on this one.
Back in 2015, then-5-year-old Hailey Dawson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game.
Born with a rare congenital condition called Poland Syndrome, Hailey was born with just two fingers on her right hand. The engineering department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas helped craft a special 3D-printed hand for her, allowing her to grip and throw a baseball, something she might have otherwise not been able to do.
GIF from Fox Sports/YouTube.
Hailey had so much fun throwing out that first pitch she set a goal of doing it at every Major League Baseball park.
Thanks to a viral video, it just might happen.
On Sept. 7, Bleacher Report published a video about Hailey's quest. The video highlighted her recent stop to visit the Washington Nationals, including a meet-and-greet with star outfielder Bryce Harper. The internet took notice, letting out a collective "awwwww" — as did more than a few big league teams.
7-year-old Hailey Dawson wants to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark with her 3-D printed hand https://t.co/onStqhEzyB— Bleacher Report (@Bleacher Report)1504795786.0
Within hours, teams from all over the league began offering Hailey invites, including one from my beloved (World Series champs) Chicago Cubs.
If the video didn't melt your heart, the outpouring of support and encouragement might just do the trick.
@BleacherReport We would love to have Hailey at AT&T Park! Please DM us her info.— San Francisco Giants (@San Francisco Giants)1504827901.0
You're going to look amazing in a Cubs jersey, Hailey! https://t.co/XyxsvKiB60— Chicago Cubs (@Chicago Cubs)1504809478.0
@BleacherReport We would love to have Hailey visit us! Please DM us her info!— Atlanta Braves (@Atlanta Braves)1504818149.0
@BleacherReport We'd LOVE to have Hailey at CBP! Can you please DM us her information so we can reach out?— Philadelphia Phillies (@Philadelphia Phillies)1504815008.0
@BleacherReport Can you make it up to Minnesota, Hailey? DM us your info and we will make it happen!— Minnesota Twins (@Minnesota Twins)1504803959.0
@BleacherReport Sounds great! Can you DM us Hailey's info, so we can reach out?— Detroit Tigers (@Detroit Tigers)1504802385.0
@BleacherReport Absolutely! Please DM us Hailey's info. so we can get in touch with her.— New York Mets (@New York Mets)1504799020.0
@BleacherReport We are on board! Send her our way!— Milwaukee Brewers (@Milwaukee Brewers)1504796917.0
@BleacherReport We love this! Can you please DM us Hailey's info so that we can set something up? 👏👏👏— Oakland A's (@Oakland A's)1504803952.0
@BleacherReport We'd love to make it happen! Please DM us her info.— Kansas City Royals (@Kansas City Royals)1504822557.0
@BleacherReport We'd be happy to have Hailey at @MarlinsPark! If possible, please DM us her info. 😃— Miami Marlins (@Miami Marlins)1504832651.0
@BleacherReport Looks like we need to get you to Fenway, Hailey! Just DM us with your info and we're in! ⚾️— Boston Red Sox (@Boston Red Sox)1504838053.0
@BleacherReport Happy to help Hailey out! As others said, please DM us her info and we'll reach out.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Arizona Diamondbacks)1504821423.0
@BleacherReport Hailey - come out and see us! @BleacherReport - please DM her info and we'll reach out!— Chicago White Sox (@Chicago White Sox)1504818548.0
@BleacherReport We're in! Help us get in touch and we'll take it from there.— Cleveland Indians (@Cleveland Indians)1504829421.0
Count us in! Give us a buzz, Hailey! ⚾️ https://t.co/ZAbWSjjxvf— Cincinnati Reds (@Cincinnati Reds)1504800979.0
@BleacherReport Such an incredible story. Can you DM us her info so we can reach out?— Seattle Mariners (@Seattle Mariners)1504805365.0
@BleacherReport For sure. We're in! DM us her info and we'll take it from there.— Pirates (@Pirates)1504810493.0
@BleacherReport We've got a first pitch with Hailey's name on it! Please DM us her information so we can reach out— San Diego Padres (@San Diego Padres)1504805392.0
@BleacherReport We're in! Can you please DM us Hailey's info so we can coordinate? @haileys_hand— Houston Astros (@Houston Astros)1504882804.0
She even got invited to stop by a few colleges, minor league stadiums, and should she ever find herself in Mexico, a stop or two down there, as well.
@BleacherReport What about a college ballpark? We'd love to have her throw the first pitch for @GatorsBB!— Florida Gators (@Florida Gators)1504832946.0
@BleacherReport If you're not too tired from throwing first pitches in the bigs we'd love to have you in Toledo! DM… https://t.co/l01TLHekRM— Toledo Mud Hens (@Toledo Mud Hens)1504830442.0
@BleacherReport Hey Hailey! How about throwing out a first pitch at Raley Field? You can start here and cover the m… https://t.co/9EBXRSSobP— Sacramento River Cats (@Sacramento River Cats)1504819974.0
@BleacherReport We would love to have Hailey throw out a 1st pitch at our 7th Annual DisAbilities Awareness Night i… https://t.co/LkBQGqREaO— Inland Empire 66ers (@Inland Empire 66ers)1504828745.0
@MzSpeed @Dodgers @BlueJays She is welcome whenever she wants next season. DM us!— Reno Aces (@Reno Aces)1504824434.0
@BleacherReport Just MLB? Hailey can also do it in the @LigaMexBeis 😉 We're in if she wants too! Please DM us her i… https://t.co/cntAvl64PU— Bravos de León (@Bravos de León)1504841890.0
Yes, science is very cool, and seeing 3D-printing being used to improve the lives of everyday people is a big win for humanity. But most of all, this is a story about a girl with a goal that others are coming together to help her achieve.
If the video and the team responses bring a smile to your face, that's great. If they motivate you to help others achieve their dreams, that's even better.
Way to go, Hailey, and way to go, Major League Baseball.
GIF from Nationals/Twitter.