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Post by Zack Jerome/Special to LAist

Baseball is often used as a metaphor for life. In so many ways, it is about the moments. Not just the moments on the field, but every moment from the time you enter the stadium gates until you leave.

Some are content to gloss over these details, fixated on box scores and home runs and batters charging the pitcher’s mound. To leave it at that is to miss the more human side of the game, the side that makes you ignore the bloated player salaries and the excessive cost of beer and hot dogs at the stadium. There’s humanity in the tiniest moments.

One such moment occurred this Saturday during the ThinkCure! fundraising weekend that helped raise over $210,000 for cancer research. As is tradition at Chavez Ravine, some lucky kids get to take the field with the Dodgers. Each child gets the thrill of running out of the dugout and getting a quick autograph from their designated Dodger.

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On this particular day, a little girl ran out to greet Orlando Hudson on his way to second base. She wore a tiny pink beanie on her head to cover her scalp, which had lost hair presumably from cancer treatment. Shy in her movements, she approached the larger-than-life second baseman.