CINCINNATI -- It's just what you might expect to hear from an 8-year-old boy: "I want to play baseball."
But life hasn't been so simple for Timmy Hennessey, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3.
The disease doesn't keep Timmy from enjoying himself, though.
"He's a normal kid," his mother, Mary, said. "He acts normal, play normal, plays hard. He's the only kid I know that thinks getting a spinal tap is fun."
Timmy received a special gift Monday from the Reds and the Make-A-Wish Foundation -- a backyard makeover, complete with a batting cage of his own.
"It's been really cool, because you never really get to have a batting cage in your own back yard," Timmy said.
Reds manager Jerry Narron even threw Timmy his first pitch. The makeover is just one of many gifts the team has given Timmy and his family.
"They've sent us to a game, gave us a suite, and then the limo and this," Mary said. "It's just been awesome. … It's just really meant a whole lot. This is something he'll never forget."