Former Met and Yankee and three-time World Series champion Al Leiter gave a Celebrity Softball Game at-bat to Jacob Teel Monday night, adding to a memorable All-Star weekend for Teel, who’s survived cancer three times at the age of 10.
Teel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 3 and is still battling the disease, currently receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
MLB partnered with Stand Up To Cancer, a charitable foundation that helps fund treatment for cancer patients through televised events, to bring Teel to Miami for a first-class All-Star experience. He was immersed in the action as a “youth reporter” and got to meet stars like softball legend Jennie Finch and actor Jamie Foxx.
Teel was on the field as the game started, and was surprised by the current MLB analyst, who called him over and handed him the bat.
“As a result of me being such a poor hitter,” Leiter said, “I’d like for Jacob to hit for me.”
Teel would connect for a base-hit that caused Marlins Park to erupt with cheers, and later scored on a three-run homer by retired slugger Benito Santiago, rounding the bases and being congratulated by Celebrity and Legend teammates.