Three Southern California teenagers with debilitating diseases and a love for baseball spent part of the last two days around the Chase Field batting cages, rubbing elbows with their heroes at the All-Star Game.
Zachary McMasters, 13, from Rancho Cucamonga, Steven Contreras, 17, of Wilmington and Erick Cruz, 18, of Claremont were among six kids brought to the All-Star Game as guests of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Contreras, who played football and baseball at Rolling Hills Prep despite losing half his left leg to Ewing's sarcoma, is a huge Dodgers fans who "bleeds blue and white," he said Tuesday.
"Baseball is my love," said Contreras, who will mark one year in remission on July 23. "I've been playing it since I was 3 years old. I can't think of anything better to do."
His favorite players are Dodgers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. He got a chance to visit with Ethier and collect an autograph Tuesday.