Andrew McCutchen grants wish of young Pirates fan with heart condition

Thursday July 23rd, 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen granted the wish of a young Pirates fan suffering from a heart condition for ESPN's "My Wish" series.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, McCutchen helped fulfill the wish of 10-year-old Sean Campbell from Leonardtown, Md., who has been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition. 

Sean's heart disease prevents him from playing any kind of contact sports, because a hit to his chest could seriously injure him. But he still loves to play baseball, and he plays on a team coached by his dad, a Pittsburgh-native and Pirates fan. 

Sean's dad passed his fandom down to his son, whose favorite player is McCutchen, The Pirates centerfielder invited Sean to Pittsburgh in a surprise video-call, and then surprised Sean and his family by serving them burgers at a local restaurant. 

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Sean proved he was a serious McCutchen fan, reciprocating with some gifts of his own, including McCutchen's favorite cereal—Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

The two then spent a day at the ballpark, playing some baseball, playing video games on the big screen at PNC Park, and then creating their own handshake in the clubhouse. 

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- Rohan Nadkarni


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