Since he was 4-years old, cancer survivor Jordan Leandre has played some kind of part over the years for the opening of the Boston Red Sox games.
He’s just 17-years old and a pitcher himself at Dennis-Yarmouth High School and his role on Wednesday was to throw out the opening pitch for the Boston Red Sox/Cardinals game.
It’s no shock that Leandre’s crazy pitch has gone viral and this is why…. During Leandre’s pitch, it got away from him and it ended up hitting the cameraman @TonyCapobiancoinstead in his groin.
A man named Chris Mason apparently works with the poor camera man and he posted, “My camera man is the poor guy that took that first pitch in the McNuggets. Here’s his vide of it coming in,” and Chris Mason posts a pitch that Tony snapped right before he got hit by the ball.
Tony the camerman’s respnose to Mason’s tweet says, “THANK THE LAWD it was just a bit outside.”
After the game, The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier got to interview Leandre after his disastrous pitch and he said:
Speier: When you let the pitch go, did you realize where it was going?
Leandre: As soon as it left my hand, I literally said, “Oh, no!” in my head.
Speier: Were you having control struggles while warming up?
Leandre: I went to throw and my back cracked. It just kind of slipped out of my hand.
Speier: Given what you’ve been through and what the Jimmy Fund has meant to you, what did it mean to throw out the first pitch?
Leandre: It feels great. I’ve been part of these ceremonies before, but I love being part of the Jimmy Fund telethon.
The 17-year old has been a part of the Jimmy Fund since he was first diagnosed of his cancer and when he was 4-years old he sang that National Anthem at Fenway Park.
In 2004, Leandre became the youngest person to sing the anthem and he did it without skipping a beat or missing a word.