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UPDATE: Baseball fan gets help from friends while waiting for his new heart

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UPDATE:

Proceeds from Wednesday evening's ticket sales totaled a little more than $2,300, according to those who helped organize the fundraiser for Scotty Robinson.

A silent auction and donations will add to that amount.


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From the crack of a bat, to the cheers of the crowd, to the smells of hotdogs there is just something about a baseball park in the spring that people love to be around.

At Wednesday night's game at Appalachian Power Park fans honored a man passionate about the game and life.

"My family sits basically right here," Scotty Robinson explained while showing the seats he sits in at almost every West Virginia Power game.

If you spend just a few moments talking to Robinson, it isn't difficult to tell that his isn't just a baseball fan, but a fanatic.

"Me and my kids have a tradition every year. Watt Powell is actually buried at Spring Hill Cemetery and so we go there every year and leave a baseball on his grave on opening day," Robinson said.

Robinson wears a bag over his should that, in basic terms, carries a pump that keeps his heart working. The 41 year old father of two has survived three heart attacks. He is currently waiting for a heart transplant.

But he said despite everything he has been through he is just thankful to be alive.

"I mean how easy would it have been to die, and I am still here so why would I not be happy," Robinson said. His friend often remark about his positive outlook on life and the fact that he is always wearing a smile.

Before the first heart attack Robinson was logging 150 miles a week on his mountain bike and was otherwise healthy.

"I've always said no matter what happens I have lived an awesome life," Robinson said. "Even if I kick the bucket I am happy. I've got to do so much stuff with my kids and my wife."

While every game is a special one for Robinson, Wednesday night was a little different. It was declared Scotty "D" Robinson night at the ballpark. Robinson's baseball family gathered around him to help raise money to cover this medical expenses.

Robinson said he already has his bags packed and ready to go in case he get the call to go get his new heart. He's not sure how long the wait could be.