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Five weeks after heart transplant, man gets back to the game he loves in Charleston, WV

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Scott Robinson (right) after throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Appalachian Power Park Scott Robinson (right) after throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Appalachian Power Park
CHARLESTON, WV -

When we last talked to Scott Robinson this spring at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, WV he had to carry around a machine that helped his heart work and he was hoping for a transplant.

He is an enthusiastic supporter of the West Virginia Power baseball team and is known to fellow fans as Scotty D.

A few weeks ago he was on vacation with his family when he got the call that they had a heart for him at Cleveland Clinic.  He had the surgery and was released from the hospital not long after.

Wednesday he celebrated a major milestone. He returned to the ballpark for the first time since getting his new heart.  He was greeted with hugs and handshakes from fellow fans, surprised to see that he was back so soon.

Robinson was even invited out onto the field to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

"The pump is gone. The blood thinners are gone. You can't get much better than that," Robinson said.

He said his experience is a reminder of the importance of organ donation.

"I will take care of this heart," Robinson said. "Take care of your body. You never know when you'll be able to save someone's life."

Robinson said he is still going back for frequent visits with his medical team. His doctors told him that with cardiac rehabilitation he should be able to return to normal activity in time for baseball season next year.