There’s nothing like the thrill of a baseball game for a young fan. But what if you got to go down on the field and even be the mascot’s sidekick?
That’s exactly what 7-year-old Hines Rotriga got to do at the Pirates home opener on Monday.
Hines was selected as the Pittsburgh Pirates’s first mascot sidekick for Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Wheeling Intelligencer reports that Hines was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma at age 2, a rare form of cancer that can affect internal organs.
But his mother, Debbie Rotriga, told the paper he’s shown no signs of cancer for the past three years.
As part of the day, Hines and his family got to go down onto the field at PNC Park before the game.
Way to go Hines!
You can follow along with Hine’s journey on a Facebook page set up for him: Hope for Hines.