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04/22/2013 04:00 pm ET

Joseph Dever First Pitch: Boy With Autism Imitates Brad Lidge Before Phillies-Cardinals Game (VIDEO)

Joseph Dever delivered, with style.

To commemorate Autism Awareness Night on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies invited a young boy named Joseph Dever threw out the first pitch before the Phillies-Cardinals game at Citizens Bank Park.

He was ready. Dever, representing all children with autism, had an entire pitching routine prepped for his moment on the mound. First, he covered his mouth as if to mask his communication with the dugout and then looked in toward the plate for the sign. Before displaying his pitching mechanics, Dever pumped up the crowd. After firing a pitch in to the Phillie Phanatic at home plate, Dever broke out Brad Lidge's memorable celebration after recording the final out of the 2008 World Series.

Well done, Dever.

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