CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) — Believe it or not, it was the New York Yankees who brought an Orioles fan and his Red Sox fan dad together for a day they’ll never forget.
It was “The Show” on the largest virtual stage for 15-year-old Luke Post, a pediatric cancer patient at the University of Virginia.
Five Yankees, including former All-Stars Brett Gardner, Luis Severino and Gleyber Torres, surprised Post on a Zoom call, where they competed in a game of the hit video game MLB The Show 21.
Post dominated, giving up only two hits in a 5-0 win. The O’s fan even got into some major league trash talking.
“Oh, they were all kind of bad,” Post said with a smile.
“He knows how to pitch,” Gardner said. “It was a tough challenge, but we had a lot of fun.”
We first introduced you to Post in March after he raised $6,000 by selling shirts that read #LukeStrong. He donated the money to UVA Health to create a “teen room” filled with toys for other kids battling cancer.
WATCH: 15-year-old raises thousands to help fellow teen cancer patients at UVA children’s hospital
Then the Bronx Bombers contacted NBC29 and UVA Health. They wanted to connect with Luke and his father, Michael Post, and share Luke’s story as part of their HOPE Week.
“It just gives me the idea that I still have a lot of supporters and it certainly helps me keep going,” said Luke Post.
“I am in constant awe of him,” added his father, Michael. “He’s been dealing with this every day for the past two and a half years, seeing the glass half full. He makes me want to be a better person.”
For Luke, this meant much more than just beating up his rivals. Now Luke and his father admit they will support the Yankees – at least a little bit.
“HOPE Week isn’t about any loyalty, it’s about the people and the giving they do and the difference they make,” said Michael Post.
In our first interview with Luke, he said that the beginning of his chemo treatments was so rough that he couldn’t even go downstairs to his house to go to his video games.
Now, with his last treatment in just over a month, Luke is planning a trip to Yankee Stadium where he will meet those players in person, attend batting practice and hopefully see the Yankees do a little better in a game of no. – virtual baseball.
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