Make-A-Wish helps boy become manager of D-Backs

It was a Diamondback dream come true for a valley teen who is a big baseball fan.

The teen is battling a brain tumor and got to be the Diamondback's Team Manager for a day.

Josh Knight is a huge fan, his dad says he watches the 2001 World Series games over and over every day. Since he is fighting a malignant brain tumor, Make-A-Wish of Arizona surprised him by making him team manager, a role he was happy to fill.

For just one day, he filled in for Chip Hale. It's his childhood dream come true.

"He's always saying I'm the manager, I'm the manager, coaching the players even though they don't know it," said Melanie Knight.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish, Josh ruled the roost at Chase Field. It started with a private ride to work with Baxter and then an orientation with his all-time favorite player, Luis Gonzalez.

Any good manager works his way from the ground up, from answering phones to fielding questions in the press room, to meeting with the President and signing a full contract to make the manager gig official.

To look the part, Josh got his own locker in the clubhouse with a very special jersey made just for him.

"Looks good on you, better on you than me. Right, Josh?" said Luis Gonzalez.

"With his infusions getting harder on him, to see him glow brings back memories," said Matt Knight. 

Josh is so enamored with the World Series run; the Diamondbacks surprised him with a 2001 replica of their World Series Ring. It's one he likely won't be taking off anytime soon. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to seriously ill children. 

For more information on how to help the foundation fulfill those wishes visit: http://arizona.wish.org/
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