In a heartwarming moment, Mike Aviles's two daughters got to throw out the first pitch before Thursday night's Indians-Yankees game.
Aviles's four-year-old daughter Adriana, who is battling leukemia, and her twin sister Maiya took the field for the ceremonial toss to their dad.
The Indians broadcasters said Aviles promised Adriana she could throw out the first pitch after they learned of her diagnosis in May. Cleveland has dealt with the situation admirably, with the organization remaining supportive and reportedly deciding not to entertain any trade interest in Aviles for the rest of the season, in order to keep him close to his family.
Indians players, coaches and executives shaved their heads in the weeks after Adriana's diagnosis to show support, and wore “Team Adriana” shirts in June during a team photo. Aviles has been placed on the family medical emergency list twice this season as his daughter receives treatment in Cleveland.
You can watch Adriana's first pitch below.
- Jeremy Woo