Mike Aviles' daughters to throw out first pitch at Indians game
Thursday will be a special night at Progressive Field for the Aviles family.
While every day as a major-leaguer is special for Indians infielder Mike Aviles, his daughters will take the field with him to throw out ceremonial first pitches before the series finale against the Yankees.
Four-year-old Adriana Aviles was diagnosed with childhood leukemia in May. Her twin sister, Maiya, will join her on the mound Thursday night.
The Indians organization has shown an outpouring of support for Adriana since her diagnosis. Players, front-office members and even owner Paul Dolan all shaved their heads in support of Adriana's fight. They also posed for a huge group photo to show off their shaved heads while wearing "Team Adriana" shirts back in June.
"It was a chance to show Mike that beyond hits and errors and runs, we care about him and his family," Indians manager Terry Francona said (via Cleveland.com). "It may be a silly way to show it, but I think the feeling is very legitimate and genuine."
Aviles has taken time away from the team twice this season to tend to his daughter, who is being treated at the Cleveland Clinic.