Thank You Thursday 4/14/2016 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Major League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Thank you so much for what you guys have done.  When I found out I was going to be assisted I broke out in a big smile.  I have not done that in years.  I met with my doctor and we will be on our way.  The dental work should start next week and I will keep you posted.  He said it should take 3 to 4 weeks depending on the crowns and such.  Once again, thank you!  I already feel better about myself.  

Bless you!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 4/7/2016 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Major League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

We wanted to Thank You for all you do for us!  

This has truly been the biggest blessing!  

We are extremely grateful and will always hold a special place in our heart for you guys!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 3/31/2016 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Minor League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Going into my last month of the B.A.T. assistance, my family and myself can not describe how appreciative we are for your kindness and love for people in need.  The B.A.T. staff has always being available and  patient. I also want to thank the rest of the Board for understanding my situation and giving me the opportunity to receive these benefits.

Benefits of your help; I spend a lot of time in the ballparks and was able to update my dress code that was a little old. I represent MLB where ever I am and it gives me pride to be able to do it in all aspects. My son graduates from college this year and the help could not come in a better time. 

Things got very slow these last couple of months and that is when your help was incredibly great. It could not come at a better time. Things are getting better now. I was able to re-organize my life and now I feel very strong physically and mentally to keep going forward. Love all you guys, because what you guys do is all about Love! God bless your families and keep it up. MLB is the best. I am so lucky to be a part of it.

Looking forward to meet you guys down the road and give you a warm hug!

God Bless,

Aris Tirado

 Tirado

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Remembering Joe Garagiola, Sr.

When the Baseball Assistance Team was founded in 1986, Joe Garagiola Sr., was one of the founding fathers of the organization and was instrumental in its success to assist members of the Baseball Family in need. Joe was selected President of B.A.T. in 1989 and served in that capacity for 14 years until 2002. Joe truly understood the need for B.A.T. and the purpose of its mission. In the 1980s and 1990s, Joe was the face of the organization. It was through his passion for helping those in need that Joe brought MLB, MLBPA and the Freedom Foundation together to establish an endowment of a combined one million dollars in 1991.

During Joe’s tenure, he was instrumental in ensuring that the B.A.T. charter not only included former Major League players, but also Minor League players, coaches, umpires, scouts, athletic trainers, front office personnel, Negro League players and women from the Women’s Professional Baseball League.  In 2010, Joe was the recipient of the B.A.T. Lifetime Achievement Award which annually recognized an individual who was dedicated to the betterment of members of the Baseball Family who are in need.

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner, Peter Ueberroth: “I had been Commissioner only a number of weeks before Joe came to the office and informed me of the difficult circumstances confronting many former players. From that point, we worked with Joe and a number of former players in finding a model which could serve to close the financial gap for these former players and their families. The result was this organization which has grown into the current day B.A.T. I give Joe a lot of credit for moving this initiative forward. Joe had a very big heart for serving others.”

B.A.T. Consultant Sam McDowell: “Over the past 30 years of B.A.T., there have been a number of fantastic individuals involved in the organization, but no one who played a bigger role than Joe Garagiola, Sr.  Joe was there at the start and enhanced the organization to what it is today.  He also was persistent in visiting a number of businesses for donations as well as spreading awareness.  I came to B.A.T. because of the original suicide attempts we were able to avert.  In the 29 continuous years I’ve been a consultant for B.A.T., Joe was priceless and no one could or will ever take his place.”

B.A.T. President Randy Winn:  “The Baseball Family and the Baseball Assistance Team lost a legend with the passing of Joe Garagiola. As one of our ‘founding fathers,’ Joe served as an inspiration to so many members of the B.A.T. Board, including myself, with his passion for the organization, and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of his legacy with my role in B.A.T.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Garagiola family at this time.”

Thank You Thursday 1/28/2016 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Minor League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

My family and I appreciate everything B.A.T. has done to lend a helping hand during the most difficult time in my life.  The financial support provided much needed relief and allowed me to focus on my mother and helping her transition into this new chapter in life.  I will continue to keep spreading the word about B.A.T. and sharing my story of how B.A.T. was there when I needed help.  I can not thank you enough for everything and I am forever grateful!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 1/7/2016 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Major League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all of those responsible for the financial assistance B.A.T. provided to us this year.  It truly provided the opportunity for us to meet our monthly household expenses and get us back on our feet financially.  Your commitment to those in the baseball community is a life saver to many.  Our deepest heartfelt thanks and appreciation to you!

Happy New Year!

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Thank You Thursday 12/3/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Major League player.

TYT

To B.A.T.,

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the assistance you have given our family. Our youngest son, has undergone more than imaginable and you have alleviated so much stress as we transitioned home from his first 5 month hospital stay and 7 neurosurgeries. The nursing assistant we have hired using the grant funds has helped us save his life numerous times. He is a very unstable child and requires CPR on a regular basis and without the help in our home, we truly believe he would not be alive. The road ahead is a long and difficult one and we cannot express our gratitude enough for helping save our son.

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 11/5/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Major League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Throughout my life, I have encountered people who were full of mercy, generosity, and love.  Your organization, however, has been one of the most gracious things (and people) I have ever encountered.  Growing up, baseball was a goal, a long shot, a dream, and finally, a reality.  Since the age of four, I pushed my skill, my craft, and myself physically to become the greatest baseball player ever known.  When I was drafted and began playing, I was living on a real life cloud 9.  The only worry in my life remained the same since I was a young boy: being not just “good”, but great.  Education or anything “real world” was a fleeting thought.  Year after year, I played with my heart and soul.  Relying on the thought I would always be playing this game that I knew how to play (which was actually the only thing I ever knew how to do).  All consuming, and all I wanted. As time went on, and I saw that this game was also a business, I felt for the first time a sense of imperfection in myself. Over the years, I started to see my friends leaving the game and struggling to stay afloat.  When that became my reality, I felt terrified.  It all happened so quickly, and all of the ways in which we were affording our lifestyle, just simply ended.  There was no big “farewell” or celebratory retirement.  No honorary speech and no deeply sentimental goodbye to baseball.  Like saying goodbye to a loved one or companion you’ve known all of your life, and sacrificed so much of your life for, no, it was just over. Finished. Just. Like. That.  One day I’m lacing my cleats, and the next, my cleats will never see my feet again.  Confusion, surrealism, and heartbreak.  Suddenly though, you recognize, you have a family, a home, a life, and you have no job.  Finding a job is no easy task either.  All of that time I spent (my entire life) training for one thing only, leaves me with no real life job experience.  I went from signing autographs to begging someone to give me chance at their business.  Impossible, I told myself. Humbling.  Reality is tough, and my reality is drastically different than I pictured.  It was the minor leagues, but worse.  I had NO idea how to do this new craft.  Picking up the pieces of me and gathering my thoughts, I have now embraced a new life, learned a new craft, and I love my abilities again.

The reason I write to you all is to express such an intense gratitude for your help through this time in my life.  I wish you could see my family. I wish you could see these beautiful children we have, and how you are saving them in so many ways.  I want to repay you all one day when I can afford to (and I know I will).  I believe that God gives us situations sometimes so that we may discover and bear witness to the grace of others.  Your grace blows me away, and I want you to know how much we appreciate and value all of you.  Giving thanks seems insufficient, but I do not know what else to do.  Giving my family and me hope is what you are doing.  So, thank you. Bless you all.  You have made the world, especially mine, a graceful and merciful place.  

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Thank You Thursday 10/22/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Major League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Thank you for being there for my family and I.  Everyone has been more than helpful and we appreciate your assistance more than words could ever express.  You have restored our dignity and made us feel important.  I will be sending you a letter for others to read making them aware of how important the work you folks do and how important you are to families like ours.  Without the work your organization performs families like ours could not survive.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 10/15/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Major League player.

TYT

Hello B.A.T.,

I am in good health and spirits!  Unfortunately, I am still in constant pain from the spinal cord injury.  I recently started a new medication to try and help with the pain.  I am still attending physical therapy and I am definitely coming along slowly but surely.  Thank you B.A.T. for the financial help your organization has provided.  It has relieved a great deal of stress so I have been able to concentrate on healing.  B.A.T. is truly a blessing!

Thanks for keeping me a part of the TEAM!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

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