THE FIRST PITCH AND PAT WIESE: BASEBALL, CANCER – AND A SENSE OF MISSION

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A few days ago, Pat Wiese took a call from Jason Smorol, general manager of the Syracuse Chiefs. Smorol wondered if Pat would throw out the first pitch Friday at NBT Stadium, where the Chiefs were about to play Pawtucket in their first playoff game in Syracuse in 20 years. Pat said sure, but he had an idea for sharing the moment. At Christian Brothers Academy, his high school baseball coach was Tom Dotterer. “I knew him since eighth grade, and he was such a crucial part of helping me to grow up in high school,” Pat said. “He had the capacity to teach you as a person and to help you become a man.” … Continue reading

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