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After finishing treatment, Frando, 12, follows his dreams to be a bat boy

  • Frando heads out to the mound to throw out the first pitch at opening day of Spring Training for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  • Frando with Arizona Diamondbacks President (and Make-A-Wish Arizona Vice Chair) Derrick Hall. Frando picked up his jersey before throwing out the first pitch at opening day of Spring Training.

  • Frando and his family on the field before he throws out the first pitch at opening day of Spring Training for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  • Frando and his family with Arizona Diamondback Patrick Corbin

  • Frando experiences a day as a D-back with D-backs pitchers J.J. Putz and Josh Collmenter at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

  • Frando experiences a day as a D-back with D-backs pitchers J.J. Putz and Josh Collmenter

  • Frando experiences a day as a D-back with D-backs pitchers J.J. Putz and Josh Collmenter at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

  • Frondo practices his throw from shortstop at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Frando plays shortstop for his team and hopes to play the position in the major leagues.

  • Frando practiced with the team in the morning before his debut at an Arizona Diamondbacks bat boy.

  • Frando interviewed before his day as a bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Frando with Arizona Diamondback Patrick Corbin

  • Frando and the Arizona Diamondbacks stand for the National Anthem before the March 9 spring training game.

  • Frando at Salt River Fields, the Spring Training facility of the Arizona Diamondbacks

“ My dream is to be a baseball player ”


- Frando

When it comes to baseball, Frando knows everything there is to know about his favorite team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a player himself for the past seven years, he understands the importance of everyone working together and how it’s not just the team members who make the team work.

That is why, after finally finishing his last chemotherapy treatment for the cancer that he had been fighting for two years, Frando wished for something that was specific to his first love – baseball.

“I wished to be a bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks because my dream is to be a baseball player and I’m a huge fan,” said Frando.

Frando actually had two days with the team during the 2014 Spring Training season. On the first day, he threw out the first pitch and was able to stay to watch the game with his family.

“I was kind of nervous, I just wanted to make sure that I got the pitch over home plate,” he said. The pitch not only went over home plate, but landed with quite a pop into the catcher’s glove.

Frando changes after the spring training game.On his second day with the team, Frando arrived early in the morning to practice with the team, have lunch with the guys and learn his job before the game started.

“We went through the locker room and I was able to practice with them,” he says about his wish day. “We hit some balls and I threw and played catch with them. There were so many different things going on at once.”

Frando also received an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform, complete with his name on the back, to wear during his work as a bat boy.

“All the players signed my Build-A-Bear and then we stood on the line for the National Anthem,” he said. “Then I started my job as a bat boy. I handed the bats to the players and picked them up after they dropped the bats when they hit. It was great.”

We hit some balls and I threw and played catch with them. There were so many different things going on at once. ”

— Frando

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Norma

I am so happy that Fernando got his wish. My son's wish is very similar and I hope that it will come true soon.

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