Local Make-A-Wish Kid Prepares to Run Around the Bases

Jake Catterall of Tacoma will get the season started with a ceremonial run around the bases.

Jake Catterall of Tacoma will get the season started with a ceremonial run around the bases.

Jake Catterall, a Make-A-Wish recipient who is living with intractable epilepsy, a life-threatening medical condition, will fulfill a dream on Monday as he rounds the bases before the Mariners open the season against the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.

“I’ve been a baseball fan since I was like three,” said Jake, who arrived at the stadium for a test run of the base paths on Friday afternoon.

The Mariner Moose was there to cheer Jake on during his practice run on Friday.

The Mariner Moose was there to cheer Jake on during his practice run on Friday.

Jake, a 12-year-old who lives in Tacoma, was referred to Make-A-Wish by his twin brother Brydon.

“He’s been through a lot. He’s had brain surgery and he has seizures a lot,” Brydon said of his twin brother. “I just thought that he deserved to have something awesome.”

A baseball fan to his core, Jake’s trot around the bases will signify the role that baseball plays in his life on and off the diamond. Despite a neurological condition causes Jake to have limited use of his right arm, he’s a pitcher and first baseman for his Little League team – and a good one, at that.

“How cool is this?” exclaimed Jake as he effortlessly tossed the baseball back and forth with his brother on the middle of the Safeco Field infield.

Jake, whose favorite player is Edgar Martinez, and his brother will help open the season as they yell “Play Ball!” before Felix Hernandez and the rest of the Seattle Mariners take the field to open the 2015 season.

For his wish, Jake, Brydon and his parents (Christopher and Stacy) will travel to Spa Atlantis in the Bahamas this summer.

“I’m excited to be here,” Jake said.

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