Arkansas gets a big All-Star lift

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Compiled by Tim Cooper

Ja­cob Teel got a thrill of a life­time Mon­day night at the All-Star Le­gends & Celebrity Soft­ball Game in Mi­ami.

The 10-year-old can­cer sur­vivor from De­light was in­vited by Ma­jor League Base­ball and Stand Up to Can­cer to serve as a youth re­porter. Be­fore the game, he had the op­por­tu­nity to speak to ac­tor Jamie Foxx and soft­ball leg­end Jen­nie Finch, among oth­ers. Then for­mer ma­jor league pitcher Al Leiter sur­prised the crowd at Mar­lins Park and Ja­cob by of­fer­ing the young­ster his at­bat in the first in­ning.

Ja­cob not only got a base hit, but he also scored on a three-run home run by Ben­ito San­ti­ago.

Ja­cob has al­ready bat­tled can­cer three times in his young life and is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Philadel­phia.

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