Around the Bases – 2/14/19

Our weekly trip around the bases to take a look at who hit the ball out of the park this week by giving back to the community.


  • Albert Pujols and his wife Deidre are working with MLB and the MLB Players Association to help end human trafficking.  They founded the  nonprofit organization Strike Out Slavery, which is among the recipients of $500,000 in contributions MLB and the MLBPA will make to nonprofits focused on this cause.


  • MLB’s Play Ball hosted the MLB Compton Youth Academy on Saturday, February 9th with USA Softball Olympian, Natasha Watley.  Participants received a free PLAY BALL T-shirt, wristband, and bat and ball set.


  • The Milwaukee Brewers honored a slain police officer and super-fan who was killed in the line of duty on February 6th by naming him as the team’s “10th Man.”  Officer Matthew Rittner, a former U.S. Marine, married his wife in Miller Park and was an avid fan of the team.  The team honored him with his own locker and jersey in the team clubhouse.  Read more here.



Yankees: EmpireStateBldg will shine in pinstripes tonight in memory of Yogi.

Yankees: .EmpireStateBldg will shine in pinstripes tonight in memory of Yogi. — MLBPittsburgh (@MLBPittsburgh) September 23, 2015 // from Twitter

Mike Aviles’ Adorable Daughter Throws Out First Pitch At Indians Game (Video)

[nesn_embed service=springboard src=”″%5D The Cleveland Indians showed their full support for Mike Aviles when they refused to ship him at the MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline while his 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, battles cancer. They also set the stage for an awesome moment Thursday night. Before Cleveland’s contest against the New York Yankees, Adriana and her sister, […]

Will Ferrell to play for 10 MLB teams today!  

Will Ferrell takes the field against cancer

Will Ferrell starts his day as an Athletic

In a fun publicity stunt designed to raise awareness and fight cancer, actor and comedian Will Ferrell will play all 10 positions  today while playing for 10 different MLB teams during 5 different Spring Training games. Coverage will air in an HBO special later this year. 

While fun and games will undoubtedly ensue, Ferrell’s effort will benefit two cancer charities; Stand Up To Cancer (@SU2C) and College for Cancer (@CFCcharity), which provides college scholarships for cancer survivors. 

Be sure to follow the shenanigans today (on Twitter you can use the hashtag #FerrellTakesTheField ) and check back here on The Bright Side of MLB for a recap once all the hilarity comes to a close.