Hailey Dawson of Las Vegas is 7 years old, a huge baseball fan, and has made it a goal to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at all 30 MLB stadiums.
She plans to do it all with her 3-D printed right hand, made necessary by a rare condition called Poland Syndrome that left her born missing three fingers on her dominant hand. On Saturday, she got to cross stadium No. 4 off her list — Petco Park — as she christened the Padres' third game of the regular season with her toss, NBC San Diego reported.
Her first three pitches came in 2017, including Game 4 of the World Series in Houston. With Baltimore and Washington also already under her belt, Hailey may be able to finish out the 30 by the end of this year.
The journey is being chronicled on a Twitter account run by her mother, Yong Dawson. Hailey is currently scheduled to visit 25 of the remaining 27 parks this season, according to an update tweeted March 20. The only two missing are the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds.
Next up? The Giants' home game April 8 against the rival Dodgers.
Hailey's 3-D hand was built by the engineering school at UNLV four years ago. It cost about $5,000, according to UNLV, which is at least $15,000 cheaper than a traditional prosthetic equivalent.
Hailey's story got national attention thanks to a video by Bleacher Report that explained her situation and her dream. Her bionic hand makes use of fishing line to open and close her fingers with a flick of her wrist, the video says.
She'll take the mound for the A's on June 7, but won't return to a California park until she visits the Dodgers on July 30. Her last scheduled trip is to the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 16.