Dream Foundation fulfills wish for lifelong Pirates fan
It might be Jon Gracey’s final trip to the ballpark.
He knows that. He’s lived the last five years with a ticking clock, knowing every day could be his last.
On Friday, the Pirates recognized Gracey as the ‘Fan of the Game,’ inviting him down to field level for batting practice and warmups. He shook Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s hand on the top step of the dugout and spent 10 minutes speaking with Pirates president Frank Coonelly.
Dressed head-to-toe in Pirates regalia, Gracey looked like a kid again.
Hurdle asked him to come to his office before Saturday’s game. He’ll join the radio broadcast, too.
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