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Dock’s first pitch

Rehabbing Astros fan surprised with first pitch

HOUSTON, TX – Baseball is Albert “Dock” Faglie’s favorite sport to watch, and it was also his favorite sport to play, until a tragic bonfire accident took him off the field in January.

Dock suffered second and third degree burns on 70-percent of his body, and has been undergoing physical therapy at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston ever since, but on Thursday, Dock got to get out of the hospital and on to the field at Minute Maid Park.

“He was quite surprised today, and we’re honored to have him here at the Astros and give him a special day,” said Astros Foundation Executive Director, Twila Carter.

The Astros gave Dock a tour of the park, his own personalized jersey, and many more perks, but the finale was a surprise offer to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which Dock executed beautifully right over the plate into the hands of his favorite player, Jose Altuve.

“I tried to paint the corners, I didn’t want to throw it right down the middle,” explained Dock on his execution.

His family was so touched to see him enjoying himself the way he did on Thursday.

“Being there everyday watching him go through this, just hurting everyday, it means a lot for him to get out here and actually enjoy himself, and that smile on his face is something else,” said Dock’s dad, Scott Faglie.

Dock gets to go home from Shriner’s Hospital on Friday, and he plans to get back out on the mound with his own team next year for his sophomore season.