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Cook calls catching first pitch thrown by an ailing kid from 1,500 miles away `coolest thing ever’

UPDATED from earlier edition

It was just about six weeks ago that Ryan Cook learned from a friend about a new entry in the field of technology-driven medicine, a telerobotic machine that can follow a user’s movement.

When he heard that there was a plan in a fledging state to have a patient throw out a first pitch remotely using the system, Cook went to the A’s to get in on the ground floor. And Wednesday night, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the A’s-Yankees game from 1,800 miles away.

Cook caught the pitch, and said after the A’s 5-2 win over the Yankees “it was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.’’

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