Man beaten in horrific attack throws out first pitch at Tigers game

Posted at 8:36 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 11:13:00-04

It was an amazing day Thursday for a young man who survived a family tragedy.

Salvatore Cipriano was on the pitcher's mound at Comerica Park.

The 22-year-old threw out the first pitch at the Tigers game.

He's been through five years of intensive rehabilitation since 2012, when his older brother was involved in a brutal attack on the family.

Cipriano's father was killed, and he and his mother were badly beaten.  

Relatives say Salvatore and his dad, who was killed, shared a special bond with their love of baseball.

They shared their story last year with WXYZ.