SEATTLE -- In celebration of Father's Day, Darrel Grad, a prostate cancer survivor from Renton, Wash., threw out Sunday's ceremonial first pitch. Grad was selected from among thousands of entries as the 2011 Seattle Mariners MVP Dad. Major League Baseball unveiled a new "My Dad, My MVP," contest this year to recognize extraordinary fathers and father figures. Grad's daughter, Samantha, nominated her father. Grad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, and in Samantha's nomination letter, she wrote that, "I never heard him say 'Why me? Even in that moment, his concern was for my sister, my mom and me."
Grad coached his daughter from T-ball through high school.