Yankees sign young fan born without hands and lower legs

Tuesday March 8th, 2016

The Yankees fulfilled a 10-year-old fan’s dream on Monday, signing him to a one-day contract so he could take batting practice with the team.

Landis Sims, of Elizabeth, Ind., was born without hands and legs below his knees, but that doesn’t stop him from playing baseball. He uses Derek Jeter-themed prosthetic legs to run and a soccer shin guard in his glove to make it easier to throw. His main position is second base but he also pitches.

Landis signed his contract in the clubhouse and got to hang out with the players. 

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This isn’t the first time Landis has met the Yankees, Ryan Hatch wrote for NJ.com. He was chatting with Joe Girardi two years ago when he told the manager that Jeter was his favorite player, so he took Landis to meet him. 

- Dan Gartland

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