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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

 

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Brian Cashman Talks About Raising Money With Covenant House

Yankees GM talks about the charity work he is doing with Covenant House.

http://ferrall.radio.cbssports.com/2015/11/20/brian-cashman-talks-about-raising-money-with-covenant-house/

Yankees: EmpireStateBldg will shine in pinstripes tonight in memory of Yogi. http://t.co/Km8RVp53a6

Yankees: .EmpireStateBldg will shine in pinstripes tonight in memory of Yogi. http://pic.twitter.com/Km8RVp53a6 — MLBPittsburgh (@MLBPittsburgh) September 23, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js from Twitter https://twitter.com/MLBPittsburgh

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

[nesn_embed service=springboard src=”http://cms.springboardplatform.com/embed_iframe/899/video/1544087/nesn039/nesn.com/10″%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, […]

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WATCH: Astronaut Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day From Space

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fans and players across the country are paying tribute to the legacy of Jackie Robinson.

And high above Earth, at the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Terry Virts is joining them in his own unique way.

Virts has been posting photos on Twitter to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day and recorded a video message honoring the Hall of Famer, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

“What he did took courage — a lot of courage,” Virts said in a video posted to MLB.com.

All players at MLB ballparks — from Queens to Los Angeles — will wear Robinson’s No. 42 on Wednesday. It has become an annual tradition in the years since his number was universally retired in 1997.

“They say that baseball mimics life…

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Adrian Beltre, who hates when people touch his head, plays game of Duck Duck Goose with kids

For The Win

Adrian Beltre really hates when people touch his head. Really hates it.

Once knowing that, you see how charming the above Texas Rangers commercial is, which shows Beltre going to a school classroom and participating in a game of Duck Duck Goose. Notice that he never actually lets his head be touched, even in the filming of a commercial about it.

Need more proof of this? Here’s an excellent video:

(Thanks to MLB for sharing.)

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