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Holocaust survivor fulfills wish, sings national anthem at baseball game

Hermina Hirsch is a Holocaust survivor and a Detroit Tigers fan.

At a spry 89, Hirsch had a wish she had long hoped to fulfill, which was to sing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game.

Hirsch, a Czechoslovakia native, says she has loved singing the national anthem for years. After their family was split up by the Nazis when she was 17, Hirsch and an older sister were liberated from a concentration camp in 1945, according to The Associated Press.

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On Saturday, Hirsch was able to cross that item off her bucket list. She sang the anthem Saturday at Comerica Park, before the Tigers took on the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Tigers beat the Rays 5-4.

But it was Hirsch who stole the show. The video of her singing has generated almost 1 million page views on the Detroit Tigers Facebook page.

Atlanta Braves fire manager Fredi Gonzalez

Army softball player avoids tag by flying

An Army softball player has one way to avoid the tag at home at all costs. 

She doesn't slide under the opposing player, the usual move to reach home when it's being defended by the catcher. 

Instead, Kasey McCravey took to the air and leaped over the other player, MLB.com reported.

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The amazing hurdle happened during the Patriot League Tournament Saturday.

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This isn't the first time McCravey jumped over a catcher. 

McCravey was called safe and the Black Knights beat Lehigh in the semifinals 3-1. 

Army fell to Boston University in Sunday's finals 9-0.

Fan hit by bat at Red Sox game

A fan was hit by a broken bat that flew into the stands during Saturday's Boston Red Sox game.

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The Red Sox said the fan was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he was treated and released.

The team extended protective netting at Fenway Park this season after a fan was hit by a bat last summer. The new netting goes from the home dugout  to the visitors' dugout.

The Red Sox said the fan was sitting just sitting a few rows behind the protective netting and the bat went over it. The netting itself is 9-foot-8, but with the wall around the field, it extends several feet higher into the air.

According to WFXT, the man was sitting behind third base in the third or fourth row.

The Red Sox were playing the Houston Astros.

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Curt Schilling fired from ESPN after Facebook post about transgender 'bathroom bills'

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ESPN has fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling, the network announced Wednesday night.

The decision was made after the former Red Sox pitcher made controversial Facebook comments about transgender bathrooms earlier this week.

"ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated," the company said in a statement.

Schilling's Facebook post, which was later deleted, said, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves."

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"Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic," Schilling wrote.

The comment was posted along with a meme showing a man in a blonde wig and women's attire. The image read, “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”

Transgender bathrooms have been a controversial topic after North Carolina created a law forcing individuals to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender at birth.

In response to the law, known as the bathroom bill or HB2, entertainers including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have canceled shows in the state.

On Tuesday evening, Schilling posted a response on his personal blog that started with, “Let’s make one thing clear right up front. If you get offended by ANYTHING in this post, that’s your fault, all yours.”

Schilling also said his words were “a comment about the basic functionality of men's and women's restrooms, period.”

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Woman who finished 7 marathons in 7 days gets big surprise at Fenway Park

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With the Boston Marathon on Monday, Sunday was a great day for the Boston Red Sox to pay tribute to a woman who finished the World Marathon Challenge earlier this year

But there were plenty of surprises in store for Becca Pizzi. 

The Belmont, Massachusetts, mom gained international attention in January when she became the first American woman to compete in seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

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She knew she was being honored before the Sox game Sunday. The Red Sox gave her a "16 Pizzi" jersey because Monday will mark her 16th Boston Marathon.

When she got to Fenway, not only did she find out she was throwing out the first pitch, but her boyfriend of more than five years, Joe Stilwell, proposed to her on the pitcher's mound.

Pizzi still had the composure to throw out the first pitch!

Congrats to the happy couple!

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