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Lakewood native John Underwood was back in Northeast Ohio on Friday, and he was here with a purpose.
Underwood, who’s participated in Indians Fantasy Camp in Goodyear, Ariz., twice, won through a Stand Up To Cancer a Batting Practice experience unlike most others – he actually was going to hit before Indians BP.
But Underwood, who lost his mother to cancer seven years ago, wasn’t satisfied with the donation he made to win the auction. In addition to bringing his son, Vinny, and Vinny’s friends Noah and Brian, from California, he made one more call: to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, to contact a family whose ill child was an Indians fan.
Make-a-Wish found the Maclauchlins, who moved to Akron last August from New York. Tim and his wife, August, brought their sons, Noah, 5, and Liam, 4, the latter of whom has leukemia.
Vinny, (older) Noah and Brian first took their hacks, then Tim was next. John took a few, but wanted to get Liam and the younger Noah out there. They used foam bats and hit tennis balls thrown by Indians Director of Baseball Information Bart Swain.
“The biggest reason I asked Make-a-Wish to have someone else come down was to make my boys realize how precious life is, to give them perspective,” said Underwood, now a Southern California resident. “I also wanted them to realize they can do something to make someone’s life better.”
Each of the batters made good contact, but the best cheers were saved for Liam and his brother; before stepping to the dish, Liam told onlookers that he “can hit homers over my neighbor’s house!”
He didn’t quite make it to the 19-foot wall in left field at Progressive Field, but the outing still was a homer.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photos by Kyle Emery
As part of the current Stand Up To Cancer initiative, Major League Baseball and all 30 organizations have put more than 70 experiences and items up for auction on MLB.com to generate additional funds for cancer research.
The Indians have offered a special game-day experience as part of the program. The auction will conclude at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, which is the final day of the Winter Meetings. The winning bidder will get to take batting practice — thrown by a Major League BP pitcher — at Progressive Field and will get to watch the team’s BP session from the home dugout.
The winner will also have the chance to meet manager Terry Francona, watch the game from the press box and chat with radio play-by-play man Tom Hamilton. The package also features complimentary lunch or dinner at Great Lakes Brewing Company and four passes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
CLICK HERE to bid on the experience, and help support MLB in its Stand Up to Cancer campaign.
For more information on the campaign, visit StandUp2Cancer.org.
Indians beat reporter Jordan Bastian shared his own personal story with with cancer on Indians.com. Read More