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!

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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.

Thank You Thursday 10/8/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I apologize for not writing sooner.  With my dad passing in June, times have been tough.  I would like to thank all of you again for your generosity and assistance during our time of need.  It would’ve made my dad proud to know he was respected in such a way.  His funeral was beautiful, thanks to the assistance received from B.A.T. We are forever grateful.  As we move on from our father’s death, his memory is with us always and all of you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.  

Thank you again and God Bless!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 10/1/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Hello to all,

I don’t feel like writing but I just want to say thank you.  My health is not good and I am under the doctor’s care.  I want to say thank you because you have taken a lot of stress off me.  I don’t have to worry about where I am going to stay, you all keep a roof over my head.  I don’t have to worry about sitting in the dark because you keep my electric on. 

I thank you and pray that you are all in good health!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 9/24/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I just want to once again thank you all (and I will do this in prayer for the rest of my life).   When I opened the letter from B.A.T. to sign, I dropped to my knees and cried as I still can’t believe it.

I have always prayed, but it’s as if God heard my cries as I felt so overwhelmed and embarrassed of my debt.  I never prayed for myself but asked God for forgiveness for not being able to pay my debts.

This past year has been a very emotional one for me and with this assistance you have lifted such a burden I have carried alone. 

With sincere  gratitude …. THANK YOU!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

 

Thank You Thursday 9/10/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Front Office employee.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Words can’t describe how great of a program B.A.T. is, you all came to bat for me on 2 different occasions. As I recall at one point after being a victim of fraud and getting little to no assistance from authorities, I went into a deep depression not knowing how I was going to come out of my financial hardship. I was on the verge of my daughter and I being put out and B.A.T. came to my rescue. 

I reached out to the B.A.T. team, and they made the application process so easy and the fact it was confidential made me asking for assistance that much easier. 

When I got the phone call I was approved I broke down in tears, with no family and little resources for a single Mother it was a breath of fresh air to know that I could count on my baseball family. 

Thank you team B.A.T.!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

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