Leland’s ‘Mini Thor’ tosses first pitch at NY Mets game

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A little more than a month ago five-year-old Ashtin Gerberg became a social media sensation for a resemblance to his favorite big league pitcher, New York Mets right-handed hurler Noah “Thor” Syndergaard.

Ashtin Gerberg, right, meets Noah Syndergaard. Photo courtesy- Aaron Gerberg.
Ashtin Gerberg, right, meets Noah Syndergaard. Photos courtesy Aaron Gerberg.

After the video of Ashtin pitching to his dad in front of their house in Leland went viral with more than 4.5 million views, the post reached the big league organization and fans started a #GetAshtinToCitiField hashtag. Dozens of interviews later with members of the New York media, the push to get the youngster to a big league game gained traction and caught the attention of the Mets’ front office.

“I got a call from the Mets and Noah Syndergaard said that he would like to meet Ashtin after seeing his video,” said Ashtin’s dad, Aaron Gerberg. “We couldn’t be happier right now. And thank you so much to everyone who supported Ashtin and his videos along the way.”

The Gerberg family has had a week to remember as the Mets welcomed them to Citi Field in Queens, New York.

"Mini-Thor" meets his favorite super hero, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
“Mini-Thor” meets his favorite super hero, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

During their time there, “mini-Thor” was not only able to meet and talk with Syndergaard and some of his other favorite players prior to their game this past Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, Ashtin actually attended three games. His big moment came when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch leading into Wednesday’s contest against the Kansas City Royals.

“This week was the most amazing day of my life,” Aaron Gerberg added. “To see my son who has been practicing the game of baseball since he was one have his hard work pay off. And to get to meet Noah Syndergaard and the whole Mets team was just so amazing. There were so many great moments and so many really funny moments.”

Click here to watch Ashtin throw out the ceremonial first-pitch before the New York Mets versus Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.