Disabled Baseball Fan Gets Rare Opportunity

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A video game company is giving a disabled Idaho college student a chance at his life-long dream -- all because of a touching "thank you" letter written in 2008.

Baseball fanatic Hans Smith loves the game, but has never played outside of the virtual world. The Brigham Young University-Idaho student was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

But after playing Sony's "MLB: The Show," Smith was so pleased with the game, he wrote the company a letter.

"I just thanked them for giving me an opportunity to do something that I would do in real life, but can't do because of something that is out of my control," Smith said

Sony production managers were so moved by the note they invited Smith to visit their studio and literally put him in the game.

"He told me they wanted to make my dreams more of a reality," Smith said. "They scanned my head with a 360-degree camera and recorded my voice, and I signed a talent agreement so I could appear in the video game."

A character with Smith's name and stats appears in "MLB 10: The Show" as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sony has agreed to keep the character in every game until the franchise ends.

"To me, all of this is a testament to the power of saying thank you," Smith said.

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