Baseball star diagnosed with bone cancer gets to live his dream, steps on MLB field


Allison Case '14, Sports Editor

The World Series: the biggest stage in baseball. And he got to take part in it.

Pat Wiese, a Le Moyne baseball star and team captain, was diagnosed with bone cancer in his knee earlier this year in September. After several surgeries and a total knee replacement, Wiese has been struggling with not being out on the field anymore. But the Boston Red Sox changed all of that for him.

Wiese was at Beth Isreal Deaconness Medical Center in Boston last Thursday to plan for future chemotherapy treatments on his knee when he was offered the chance to go watch batting practice before Game 2 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite being a die-hard Yankees fan, he couldn’t say no.

With the offer, Wiese headed over to Fenway Park before the critical contest, where he met up Dave Mellor, the head groundskeeper at Fenway. The rest was something that Wiese would never forget.

“I’m standing there on the dirt and this man walks up to me, introducing himself as Dave, and we got to chatting. I told him my story, he told me his,” Wiese said on a Facebook status update from Oct. 24. “We got to talking more and I told him the field looked amazing. He then asked me if I wanted to spray paint home plate and the pitcher’s mound before the game.”

Wiese painted both home plate and the pitcher’s mound in front of the Fenway crowd. He even got to pose with his parents on home plate for a picture, an image that will forever be engrained in the minds of those supporting Wiese in his fight against cancer.

Since his knee replacement on Oct. 4, Wiese has been on crutches and working to walk, once again through the pain.

“I won’t be able to run ever again, but I’ll be able to smile forever #fight,” Wiese tweeted on Oct. 20. His optimistic tweets are still receiving an outpouring of support from the Le Moyne community, alumni and beyond. Andy Parrino, a graduate of Le Moyne and player for the Oakland A’s, even sent him his glove, along with his MLB official bat, signed by the entire squad.

Wiese has been working hard at physical therapy, giving updates on his condition to his Twitter followers and Facebook friends daily. Wiese knows he will not be able to play baseball again, but he is taking small steps, such as taking walks with his father and dog.

However, he says the night at Fenway Park will be one that sticks with him forever.

“It was unbelievable,” Wiese said of his experience on field at the World Series. “I got to live my dream of stepping out onto an MLB field. It was an experience I will never forget and one that I will cherish forever.”

Although he still remains a Yankee fan, Wiese says he now has a special spot in his heart for the Red Sox and the opportunity they gave him to live out his dream.

“Wow what a classy organization! There will always be a little Red Sox nation in me after tonight! What an amazing world we live in #fight,” Wiese tweeted later that night.

“Because of Dave I got to live out my dream,” he added. “Take time to do someone a favor. Who knows, it could change their world.”