BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- Monday night was a huge time for Tucker Wick. He made his debut with the Southern League-leading Birmingham Barons. “He’s going to be our mentor,” said Barons manager Julio Vinas. ”Make us realize the important things in life.” Wick isn’t your average minor-leaguer. He’s a six-year old boy suffering from Spina Bifida, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He was granted a wish by Magic Moments, a Birmingham based organization that grants non-medical wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. “I did not expect the treatment that he got today,” says his mother Christie Wick. ”He’s blessed to have been a part of this.”
During his one-day stint with the Barons, Tucker got his own locker, took in team warm-ups, and had a meet and greet with Barons mascot, Babe Ruff. “It’s always a great thing, just to see the kid smile and have a great day with us,” said Vinas.
Tucker was one of several Magic Moments recipients getting a Barons experience. Patients also served as honorary batboys and threw out the first pitch.