Hailey Dawson, shown here with her 3D-printed hand before throwing an opening pitch at an Orioles game.
An adorable baseball-loving little girl with a 3-D printed hand has dreams of throwing out the first pitch for every MLB team — and Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler is making that dream come true at Busch Stadium.
Owing to a rare congenital disease, Hailey Dawson was born missing three fingers on her right hand. But with the help of engineering students at the University of Nevada-Los Vegas, she now sports a wicked-cool robot hand
that she can control by flicking her wrist, which in turn pulls a set of fishing lines connected to the fingers.
Hailey also loves baseball. Like, a lot. So much so that after throwing out first pitches at UNLV baseball games, she made it her mission to take her first-pitch prowess to the pros. She's already made the ceremonial pitch at two MLB games, and now it's looking like she's got a lot of baseball in her future.
That's because a video story posted by Bleacher Report Thursday has since gone viral
. Now Dawson is getting invites from MLB teams across the country.
Fowler, who apparently met Dawson at a Las Vegas mall, extended an invitation yesterday.
And of course, Hailey — or more precisely, Hailey's parents — responded with a heartwarming tweet to seal the deal.
Oh, and the Cardinals? They're totally in.
Fans on Twitter responded to this gem of sports-related humankindness with an outpouring of admiration for the first-year Cardinal, who came to St. Louis this year after winning a World Series with the Cubs.
Fowler has become one the Cardinals most popular players, and this episode only further proves that he's got that "class act" thing that baseball fans are always going on about.
Even spurned Cubs fan came out of the woodwork to acknowledge Fowler's status among the "best dudes in baseball."