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Robinson Cano surprises a young fan at the MLB Fan Cave

05/20/2013 4:42 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Last week, 13-year-old seventh-grader Nick D'Annibale got the surprise of his life: a chance to meet his favorite baseball player, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. Nick, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November 2011, was invited to the MLB Fan Cave on Friday, and played some wiffle ball in the street with the Cave dwellers. Little did he know, however, that when an ice cream truck pulled up in the middle of the game, there was a pinstriped surprise inside.

"I couldn't even believe it, I thought it was just ice cream," Nick said afterward. "Getting to meet Robinson Cano was amazing."

The pair played some ball, chatted, and of course had some ice cream, and after autographing Nick's No. 24 jersey, Cano gave him some good words of advice: "You gotta work hard for what you want, so keep fighting, and hopefully one day I'll see you in the Big Leagues."

According to Nick's father, Joe, the youngster has another couple years of treatment to go, but based on the way he was hitting that day, he might just make good on Cano's words.

You can check out some video of Nick's meeting with Cano below, courtesy of MLB.com.

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