Boy with cerebral palsy allowed to join baseball team in dugout

July 25, 2012 9:36:23 PM PDT
Evan Sussmann was back with his Little League team on Thursday night, the Brewster All-Stars. He was slapping high-fives and getting ready for game one of the regional playoffs.

Sussmann, who has cerebral palsy, has been with the league for four years, and never misses a game.

However, suddenly before the playoffs this year, national Little League officials said Sussmann couldn't be with his team in the dugout anymore because it was a "liability issue". Sussmann's coach begged to differ.

"He's one of the brothers. They treat Evan as a brother, "said Coach Joe Charbonneau.

When Sussmann was not able to be in the dugout for the last game, his teammates missed him.

So when it was all explained to Little League officials, and a waiver was filed, national officials changed their mind. On Thursday night, Sussmann was there once again, party of the team he loves.

Even though Sussmann's team lost, they lost together. ---
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