Teruyuki Higa (right) makes it possible for Yuta Heshiki
(center) to meet Matsui at the Yankees' stadium on August
Baseball-loving teenager Yuta Heshiki, 15, met Major League
Yankees player Hideki Matsui in New York on August 5. His dream is
to become a professional player himself, but that dream is presently
on hold since he is suffering from a wasting disease of the muscles.
Matsui put his hand on Yuta's shoulder and said, "Let's play
baseball together once you get better," as Yuta prepared to
leave New York and return to Okinawa.
Yuta is a Yokatsu High School freshman and suffering from a rare
condition which started when he was still at elementary school where
he played on the baseball team for two years. His father Chotoku
used to be the manager.