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Jacob's day with Albert Pujols

“Jacob gets a master class in hitting from a three-time MVP.”

Jacob was a natural at baseball before the numbness in his fingers made it harder to field ground balls, before his reactions slowed.

A biopsy revealed a cancerous tumor. Chemotherapy brutalized Jacob's system and drove him to edge. The 15-year-old wishes to meet Albert Pujols, and when his cancer is in remission, Jacob gets back on the field.

Pujols takes Jacob out for batting practice. As Jacob makes contact with the ball, Pujols helps to refine his mechanics. Before long, Jacob is hitting ropes.

Jacob’s wish was one of ESPN’s 2010 “My Wish” stories.

I don't take life for granted anymore.”

— Jacob

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