There’s a 10-year-old near Hartford, Connecticut named Thomas Hastings who has muscular dystrophy. And he gets around okay, but he gets worn down pretty easily. So he has to be in a wheelchair about half the time.
He also used to be on a little league team, but had to quit because it was too exhausting. So he recently asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation if they could build a baseball field in his BACKYARD. And check this out . . .
He’s a huge Boston Red Sox fan. So instead of a normal field, they built him a mini replica of FENWAY PARK. And it’s just big enough to play whiffle ball with his friends.
It has the same dimensions as the real Fenway Park, with foul poles . . . a scoreboard . . . stadium lighting . . . a press box . . . a bullpen in right field . . . and a mini Green Monster in left.
The University of Hartford baseball team donated bleachers for the outfield. And the Red Sox head groundskeeper even got a farm in New Jersey to donate the exact same sod they use at the real Fenway.
The whole thing took 34 days to build, and they held their “opening day” on Saturday. Hundreds of friends, family members, and volunteers showed up, and there’s a video of Thomas throwing out the first pitch. (ABC News / NBC Connecticut)