ShareThis Page
Pirates

Pirates, Make-A-Wish welcome 10-year-old to PNC Park, sign him to one-day contract

Chris Adamski
| Friday, July 13, 2018, 6:18 p.m.
10-year-old Aaron Ashby takes part in batting practice at PNC Park after signing a one-day contract with the Pirates as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo courtesy Pirates’ official Twitter account)
10-year-old Aaron Ashby takes part in batting practice at PNC Park after signing a one-day contract with the Pirates as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo courtesy Pirates’ official Twitter account)

The Pirates’ addition to the roster Friday didn’t come via trade, and it wasn’t a call-up to replace a demoted Austin Meadows.

Instead, it was 10-year-old Aaron Ashby. Ashby and his family were treated to a day at PNC Park courtesy the Pirates via the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Ashby had his own locker in the Pirates’ clubhouse, hung out with his favorite player Josh Harrison , took batting practice and was introduced at a press conference in the ballpark .

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to experience this day with Aaron and his family,” Pirates chairman Bob Nutting said via a release. “Aaron is an inspiration to us and we are excited for the intangibles he will bring to the club.”

Ashby and his family also will be guests at Nutting’s Seven Springs over Saturday and Sunday nights.

Make-A-Wish describes itself as having the “vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness.”

Ashby took part in warm-ups on the field with the Pirates about three hours prior to game time, and he met several players in addition to manager Clint Hurdle and others. Nutting and general manager Neal Huntington were present for the signing of Ashby’s contract.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me