Chieh-Ju Tsai had a photo taken with Derek Jeter and got Alex Rodriguezâ€™s autograph before the game tonight. But it wasnâ€™t until she met Chien-Ming Wang that her dream came true.
Tsai was at the Stadium as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip. The 16-year-old from Taiwan, who has a rare blood disease, wanted to meet Wang and see the Yankees play in person. She made the 20-hour trip on Sunday and will return home tomorrow.
â€œThis is very exciting,â€? she said.
Marisa Mar from Make-A-Wish in Taiwan said that Wang gave Tsai an autographed jersey and other memorabilia along with posing for several photos.
â€œHe was very gracious and humble,â€? she said. â€œHe is the most popular celebrity in Taiwan. Everybody watches him.â€?
Wang regularly visits sick children when he is in Taiwan during the off-season. This is the first time a child came to New York.
â€œItâ€™s nice that people want to meet me. Itâ€™s the least I can do,â€? he said. â€œI feel honored that she would want to come to a game.â€?
Wang is not pitching until Friday, a day after Tsai leaves. â€œI told him to win the game for me,â€? she said.