Nathan’s journey to meet his favorite pitcher started with a flight to San Francisco from his hometown of Marion, Ohio. From there he and his family were driven in a stretch limo to AT&T Park, where they arrived “grinning from ear to ear” according to their wish escort, Linda.
For the next 45 minutes, Nathan was on the field, watching the team warm up and meeting players like Pablo Sandoval, who talked and joked with Nathan and his mom. Getting a true insider’s tour, Nathan’s family went into the Giants’ dugout and through the players’ entrance to the “family room” where only Giants’ family members are typically allowed, to hang out during games. Brandon Crawford, the Giants’ star short stop, appeared next, posing for photos and signing autographs before Nathan’s favorite player arrived. When Tim Lincecum entered the room, “Nathan’s expression was priceless” says Linda. Tim stayed with the family for 15 minutes, which gave him time to sign the Tim Lincecum bobblehead doll they had given Nathan, pose for pictures and answer questions.
As Ohio natives, Nathan’s family was also excited to meet the opposing team—the Cincinnati Reds—and to their surprise, got to meet Reds manager Dusty Baker in the dugout! Nathan’s brother is also a huge fan of the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, so they made sure that he could have his picture taken with him too. Says Nathan’s mom Carola, “He will remember this day for a long time. Nathan thoroughly enjoyed his wish experience.”
To cap off a perfect afternoon, Nathan and his family got to see the game, which the Giants won, 5-0. For an 18 year old who has been battling lymphoma, it was a long awaited day.
|National Wish Stories|