Michael Cadena, a 27-year-old Riverside man with special needs, has seen great support since he was shoved and robbed of his Dodgers hat last month at a Riverside Target store. After his mother posted about the incident on Facebook, hoping the thief would be caught, people have donated hats, tickets and memorabilia to Cadena.
The Dodgers are now the latest to extend a helping hand as they are inviting him to meet the team and throw out the ceremonial first pitch at their May 29 home game against the Phillies.
To get ready, Cadena has been playing catch with his father in the backyard of home every day for the past couple of weeks. Before practicing with his dad, Cadena had never before thrown a ball. His fingers were once fused together, making it difficult to grip the ball. However, this won't stop him from throwing out the ceremonial first pitch the day after Memorial Day.
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