Miami Marlins Rookie pitching sensation Jose Fernandez was awarded “Outstanding Rookie of the Year,” winning NL Players Choice Award. Celebrating recognition, he made a decision that would set off a series of events that could start saving lives of children with a rare cancer as soon as 18 months.
On Monday, Nov. 5th Jose Fernandez when given the choice of charity of whom to donate his $20K award to, he immediately answered, “Live Like Bella™.” “I want to help children with cancer. I have spoken to Bella’s parents and we are all very happy,” said Jose Fernandez, who has been an important part of the Miami Marlins involvement with Live Like Bella™ Foundation. Continue reading →
THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS TEAM UP WITH CLEFT LIP & PALATE CHARITY SMILE TRAIN
Angie Balfour, Wife of Pitcher Grant Balfour, will lead group of players wives in the Miles for Smiles Treadmill Run during home game on Friday, July 26th versus The Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim.
WHAT: Miles for Smiles Treadmill Run
On July 26th, The Oakland Athletics will highlight Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, during a home game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Angie Balfour, wife of Oakland A’s pitcher Grant Balfour, is teaming up with additional players’ wives to participate in a run during the entirety of the game to raise funds for the charity.
The wives will take turns running on a treadmill throughout the game with the goal of collectively completing a marathon by the game’s end.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Smile Train.
Smile Train’s mission is to provide a child born with a cleft the same opportunities in life as a child born without a cleft. We provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries and train doctors and medical professionals in over 80 countries. Unlike many charities that do many different things, Smile Train’s mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where millions of children are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. They face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor – too poor to pay for a simple surgery that has been around for decades. We want our mission to be yours http://www.smiletrain.org/
Earlier this month I shared with you a video about a mighty-mighty fine MLB pitcher who appeared in an episode of Ricki Lake’s “Hidden Heroes” segment as an Ambassador for Operation Smile.
After watching the clip of Mike Adams (Philadelphia Phillies) share his story of how he met and helped Joshua, a three-year-old boy born with a cleft lip find the right doctor to heal his smile, I knew I had to speak with him about his involvement with helping others.
And after years of shunning MLB, Adams has shown me there are a few good ones left in the League.
As an ambassador for Operation Smile, MLB pitcher Mike Adams helped Joshua, a three-year-old boy born with a cleft lip, find the right doctor to repair his problem.
After 14 failed surgeries to repair Joshua’s life, a chance meeting with the baseball pitcher at a mall changed the little boys life in November 2011. Mike came up to them and offered to help them through Operation Smile.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and defending Cy Young Award recipient Clayton Kershaw-and his wife Ellen- have announced that for the second consecutive year they will donate $100 to four different non-profits each time he strikes out an opposing batter.
During the 2012 season funds will go to four diverse non-profit causes: Arise Africa (Ariseafrica.org) projects in Zambia; the Peacock Foundation in Los Angeles (peacockfoundation.org); Mercy Street in Dallas (mercystreetdallas.org); and I Am Second (iamsecond.com). Continue reading →
Ex-NY Met Jose Reyes has a new hair-cut, but if you were attached to his dreads, you can buy them on eBay.
The All-Star shortstop was forced to trim his dreadlocks after signing a new $106M contract with the Marlins…the nationally televised cut was performed by Jordan from Jordan’s Barber Shop in the Bronx during the broadcast of Friday’s game on the MLB network. Continue reading →
Celebrity ‘Stars and Strikes’ Bowling Event to Benefit ACT
On Sunday, January 29, 2012, in Tustin California, ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) and The Eddie Guardado Foundation (EGF), will host a celebrity STARS & STRIKES bowling tournament to help provide resources and grants to children with autism whose families cannot afford the necessary care and treatment.
Expected to join the Two-time All Star “Everyday Eddie” will be:
Torii Hunter, LA Angels of Anaheim 4-Time All-Star Michael Young, Texas Rangers 6-Time All-Star Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers 2-Time All-Star Derek Holland, Texas Rangers Rod Carew, Hall-of-Famer Garret Anderson, LA Angels of Anaheim 3-Time All-Star J.J.Putz, Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star Pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, Milwaukee Brewers Rex Hudler, Former MLB Player and Radio Personality Jamie Moyer, All-Star Pitcher Adam Melhuse, Former MLB Player Aaron Sele, 2-Time All-Star Pitcher Gary Pettis, Texas Ranger Coach and Former MLB Player Chad Cordero, All-Star Pitcher Brandon Kintzler, Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Fisher, Cincinnati Reds Brad Thompson, St. Louis Cardinals
It’s a struggle for me to write anything good about baseball…that is, until something more important than my distain for the tainted sport surfaces. And last month, the New York Yankees caught my attention as they continued their HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere and Excel) by hosting an incredible event for some very special kids.
These children had the entire place-and players- to themselves as they enjoyed a ‘carnival’ style event which took place at 3 o’clock in the morning. So who would bring kids to Yankee Stadium in the middle of the night, and why would players show up at the hour? Amazing story…the children came from Camp Sundown in Craryville, New York. All of them suffer from a rare disease called XP- xeroderma pigmentosum. Most who suffer from XP don’t live to see their 21st birthday…they can’t even be exposed to the slightest bit of sunshine or they’ll develop cancerous tumors…even fluorescent lights can fry their skin…so getting them to Yankee Stadium was no easy task, but worth every effort.
To get the children from the front door of Camp Sundown to the heavily curtained bus with double-tinted windows that took them to Yankee Stadium, all the kids had to wear hats, tinted eye shields, sunblock, turtlenecks, long-sleeve shirts, long pants and gloves. To get the kids out of the bus and into the stadium, Yankees media-relations director Jason Zillo (the mighty-fine man who dreamed up the idea) – had to take them through a maze of back staircases and tunnels to avoid any fluorescent lights. After the game, the stadium lights had to be dimmed to 30 percent
“I saw one little girl,” said organizer Zillo afterward. “When the centerfield wall opened and the whole carnival started coming out — she just started jumping up and down, over and over. She wouldn’t stop, she was so excited. People wanted to thank me. But that’s all I needed.”
Never thought I’d say this…but thank you Yankees, what an amazing and beautiful gift you gave these kids.
Camp Sundown was founded 14 years ago by Caren and Dan Mahar whose daughter suffers from the disease…there is no cure for XP and there are only 250 known cases in the U.S.
L.A. Dodger Russell Martin Donates Big to the ‘One Drop Foundation’
It’s rare for me to have anything nice to say about anyone involved with MLB…but, once in a while, a player will step-up and remind me that hidden between the cracks of a tainted sport, there are a few athletes who are interested in bettering the world. And now, Los Angeles Dodger Russell Martin has landed on my radar after the two-time All-Star catcher announced he will be donating $600,000 to the One Drop Foundation.
Martin has been named spokesperson for One Drop, whose mission is to fight against poverty by providing access to water and raising awareness among individuals and communities about the need for mobilization to make safe water accessible to all.
“We take water for granted, but there are people around the world struggling to get it and that’s unacceptable to me,” said Martin. “You start making money and you can give it to wherever you want, but I wanted something close to my heart…I wanted to find something important to me. It doesn’t get more important than water, and when you think about it, some people don’t have it.”
Additionally, Martin has committed to hosting an off-season fundraiser for One Drop and is planning to make an international trip this winter on behalf of the organization that was started by Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil.
According to One Drop, every eight seconds a child dies somewhere around the world from lack of drinking water and Martin has committed himself to making a difference. Current projects exist in Nicaragua and Honduras, while One Drop has also undertaken previous efforts in Africa.
For more info on Martin’s involvement, please visit his official website, Russell Martin 55.
MLB Takes Another Hit With Roberto Alomar HIV/AIDS RUMOR
Just when I thought I was out, it pulls me back in again…I speak of the smut we call MLB…. For those who missed the landslide news, Ilya Dall, ex-girlfriend of baseball great Roberto Alomar, is suing the slugger for $15M because he continued to have unprotected sex with her after learning he was HIV positive. According to the LAWSUIT, her relationship with Alomar began in 2002…Alomar retired in the spring of 2005 while with Tampa Bay…Around that time Alomar told his girlfriend he “was raped by two Mexican men after playing a ball game in New Mexico or a southwestern state, when he was 17 years of age.” The court papers say the couple started having unprotected sex shortly after meeting in 2002. In 2005, she claims he was diagnosed with a blood disorder sometimes linked to HIV.
Roberto Alomar Official Statement February 11, 2009:This is a very private, personal matter and I greatly appreciate all the support I have received in the past few days from my family, friends and colleagues in baseball. I am in very good health and I ask that you respect my privacy during this time. As for the lawsuit, it is filled with lies and I am deeply saddened that someone I cared for would make such terrible accusations and try to hurt me in this way.
One thing I’m having a problem with is that DALL continued to have sex with Alomar after seeing signs that he was unhealthy. In the complaint, she alleges how sick he was and how sick he appeared-yet she still had unprotected sex with him even after urging him over and over and over again to get tested? Come on. How about taking responsibility for your own actions Dall?
Now, we don’t know if any of this tale is true. I suspect that yes, Alomar is ill. I suspect-based on his statement- that he was victimized (raped) when he was 17 and this is in fact a very private matter. In the complaint, Dall speaks of the fear she had for her children who were exposed to Alomar-who “kissed them”-and gasp-was near their toothbrushes! Give me a Fucking break. Instead of taking this opportunity to educate people on the dangers of the disease-Dall is freaking out because Alomar was in the same room as her kids’ toothbrush? (I’m not making this up).
If Alomar does suffer from this disease, its sad and scary and this situation should be used as Magic-educate the public. Anyone suffering from AIDS deserves compassion, respect and love. Anyone who was raped deserves the same. But anyone foolish enough to have unprotected sex with someone they are pretty sure is infected with AIDS- deserves nothing short of pity. Sorry Dall- my compassion goes with Alomar.