Lifelong Cleveland Indians fan Joe Boyle, battling cancer, throws first pitch to favorite Tribe player Cory Snyder

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UPDATE: Joe and his family — along with 200 friends and family who purchased tickets for the game — had an unforgettable experience at the ballpark on Saturday.

As the pictures above show, Joe and Co. — in addition to taking a tour of Progressive Field and sitting in the Indians Family Social Suite — were on the field pregame to throw the first pitch to longtime favorite player, Tribe alumni Cory Snyder.

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Joe Boyle, a lifelong Tribe fan, was thrown quite the curveball a few years back.

In 2011, after completing his first half marathon, Boyle was suffering from stomach pains. It was subsequently diagnosed as Stage 4 kidney cancer.

Since then, Boyle, a public school teacher in Toledo, has used a unique method of communicating his battle to his children and his students: comic books. Specifically, Captain America.

He and his family – wife, Katie, and children Ellie, Joey and Mark – visited New York City on Father’s Day, and were surprised by Captain America himself on the show, and the family was offered to visit the set of the next “Captain America” movie in Atlanta, this summer.

(To watch the video of Boyle’s “Today Show” appearance, click here.)

One more surprise: He found out he’d throw the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday evening. One more surprise: It would be caught by his all-time favorite Indians player, Cory Snyder, who is one of our alumni ambassadors this weekend.

Here’s more background on Joe – a fellow Bowling Green grad, really the most important part of this story — from a friend of mine and writer for Did The Tribe Win Last Night, Vince Guerrieri.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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