West Palm Beach's Steven Ramirez serves as Marlins 'Captain' for Autism Awareness
Miami (CBS12) —
As the Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates honored Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday at Marlins Park, they also recognized Autism Awareness Day at the ballpark. There were designated 'quiet rooms' at the stadium to help those affected by over stimulation, as well as several autism friendly sensory activities. But it was 18 year old Steven Ramirez from West Palm Beach who experienced a day he's never forget.
Ramirez, who has autism, threw out the honorary first pitch on the same week as he served as a Marlins' honorary captain. He was given his very own Marlins jersey, with a number 32 on the back, and got to meet all of the Marlins in the clubhouse. He got to take part in the pre-game stretch with his new buddy, Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich, and got to witness batting practice close up. Ramirez also got to deliver the Marlins lineup card prior to a game.
A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold for Sunday's game went to benefit non-profits in the Autism Community.