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Daniel Poncedeleon’s dad scores ball from son’s inspiring MLB debut (vid)

Daniel Poncedeleon made his inspirational MLB debut on Monday, starting the St. Louis Cardinals’ showdown with the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park.

Not only was Poncedeleon’s father, Ramon, in attendance to see his son overcome the odds after suffering a life-threatening injury last year, he also was the beneficiary of a great gesture from a fan also attending the game.

As his son miraculously pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball, a foul ball in the seventh inning landed in Ramon’s section, but just out of his grasp. A kindly fan seated nearby generously gave Ramon the baseball, giving the father a keepsake to treasure from such an emotional and memorable evening.

Poncedeleon’s major-league dreams, not to mention his life, were in jeopardy after a comebacker struck him in the right temple during a game on May 9, 2017. Emergency surgery was required and doctors worried about Poncedeleon would survive. But the 26-year-old pitcher never gave up hope.

Poncedeleon took to Twitter on Tuesday to express heartfelt gratitude for all the support he has received over the past year.

As noted, Poncedeleon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but was pulled due to a 116-pitch count.

The Cardinals went on to lose to the Reds by a score of 2-1. While Poncedeleon obviously would have preferred notching a victory, there’s probably little else he would change about such a remarkable evening.