For those of you that are unaware of who Dominic DiAngi is, he is a little boy that got hit in the head by a foul ball in Wrigley Field on July 10th. The foul ball came flying off the bat of Ted Lilly and collided with little Dominic’s head, sending him to the hospital to treat his injuries.
Now, less than a month later, little Dominic returns on his 8th birthday to throw out the first pitch at the Cubs-Marlins game yesterday afternoon. Prior to throwing the first pitch, Dominic handed Lilly a hand written noted that said, “Dear Mr.Lilly, You better put on two chest protectors and a mask because I am coming in high and hard. Your buddy, Dominic”. When it came time for Dominic’s moment on the mound, he was welcomed by a cheering crowd and motioned for Lilly to get into position behind home plate. The boy then threw a long heave, which traveled all 60 feet. Peter DiAngi came onto the field to give his son a congratulatory hug. Lilly then gave Dominic a high-five.
Prior to the game Dominic and his family hung out in the dug out with Lilly getting autographs and having a great time. And when it came time to play ball, to ensure Dominic’s safety, he and his family sat well protected during the game behind the home plate screen.
All pictures courtesy of ChicagoSports.com