Stepping up to B.A.T. with Curtis Granderson

This week, Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets, volunteered to participate in our blog series!

2015 New York Mets Photo Day1) What is your favorite part about having your own foundation, Grand Kids?

It’s awesome to actually be able to help out kids the way I want to do it. I consider myself a big kid that knows the importance of education and have been very blessed with the opportunities baseball has provided for me. So to help in those areas has been my passion.

2) During your childhood, who did you look up to?

I looked up to my parents. I was around them the most and saw how they were with diverse groups of people and how they treated everyone the same while trying to help those they could.

3) How do you consider the baseball community a family?

The baseball community seems to extend so much further than just the teams we’ve played for or against. So many people that branch out all over the world that we are always around. Typically I’m being introduced to someone or working along side with someone in the baseball family everywhere I go.

4) Why do you support B.A.T.?

B.A.T. is an amazing organization that helps the baseball family. There is always a chance that something unexpected may come up. We can’t always turn to friends or immediate family for help but B.A.T. is there to help when we need them.

5) In what ways do you believe it is important to raise awareness about B.A.T. within the baseball family?

I think it’s very important to spread the awareness of B.A.T. because there’s a good chance that someone you know in the baseball family or even yourself may need the assistance of B.A.T. at some point in their life.

Thank You Thursday 6/25/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I want to thank you again for helping out my family. My wife will finish her 2 classes this fall and as for myself, it has been a major adjustment from baseball to having a “normal” job but I am doing it. We have paid off some small bills and have a little savings.

I can not express how thankful I am to you!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to B.A.T. with Stephen Vogt

Current MLB players who support B.A.T. share with us why they believe in our organization as well as some personal fun facts. Without these players, B.A.T. would not be able to do what we do for members of the Baseball Family in need.

Stay tuned to see if your favorite player will be featured next!

Our first featured player is Stephen Vogt, catcher for the Oakland A’s.

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 25:  Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics runs off the field at the end of an inning during the game against the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Stephen Vogt1) What is your favorite baseball movie?

Little Big League

2) You have the nickname, “Everything Bagel.” How often do you actually eat an everything bagel?

At least 2 times a week

3) How do you consider the baseball community a family?

We are the only people that understand what we all go through in this life. No matter what we stick together and are family.

4) Why do you support B.A.T.?

My wife and I have been blessed by this game and love to help the little way we can for those that are going through tough times.

5) In what ways do you believe it is important to raise awareness about B.A.T. within the Baseball Family?

Continue to educate and inform on the matter, so more people will donate and be willing to “ask” for help.

Thank You Thursday 6/18/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I can honestly say I have not been this happy in quite a long time and I owe this all to B.A.T..  B.A.T. has stuck with me over the past year and a half when no one else would and I am forever grateful ! With the help of B.A.T., treatment and  AA I have been able to build a foundation for living a productive sober life. The trust and relationships I am starting to make with people in  and outside of AA have been very special to me.  I know If I follow the path I am on now I have a great chance to stay sober and live a happy healthy life.

Thank you for everything!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 6/4/2015

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

We truly appreciate the grant which will be great financial support towards our medical and dental treatments.  

We are deeply appreciative for what you have done for us and will be forever thankful.

Thank you! 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Now Batting – Colette Callan

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Hello! My name is Colette Callan and I am the 2015 summer intern here for the Baseball Assistance Team. I am a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin. My major is Corporate Communication and I am also studying Business and Sports Media. I have worked as a lifeguard and a soccer referee while in college, and I spent last summer studying abroad in Spain and travelling.

This summer I am far from home, but fortunately as a Yankees fan, I feel that I will fit right in here in New York.  My interest in baseball started at a young age when I used to sit in the dugout while my dad coached my older brother’s t-ball team. Since then, I have dreamt of being surrounded by all things baseball. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work in baseball and hope to continue a future career in the industry.

Playing soccer my whole life, I have learned a lot about teamwork and passion, two things I will strive to incorporate into my time here with B.A.T. I look forward to serving and helping others in the baseball family while working with B.A.T. I feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing organization and hope to make an impact during my time here.

Thank You Thursday 5/21/2015

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I hope that I have given you all of the information that is required to consider my family to be recipients of a B.A.T. grant. I really have felt better both physically and emotionally since the kindness that has been shown to our family by the charity of the B.A.T. Stress is the enemy of autoimmune disease. It is a killer. My family has definitely been changed by it. Everybody should know that being a part of the baseball family is about more than playing a game. It is like a real family in that even when you have been away and on your own, should you fall upon hard times and help is needed, someone is there to help and give necessary support until you are able to gain stability. We are so grateful to all that has been done for us. Sometimes there are no words to express such feelings. I have a lot on my plate right now and I spend a lot of time with myself. Even an email is a great way to reach out into the world. Have a wonderful day!

Thank you!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 5/14/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I want thank you for being so helpful with the grant application process. Thank you for being kind & respectful. Thank you for working so quickly & efficiently to get things done in time for the grant committee meeting.

Thank you B.A.T.! I will send a more more formal “Thank You” just wanted to shout out to you today with gratitude.

We will feel like a heavy load has been lifted off of us. The feeling of buried has been lifted.

Thanks again.

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 5/7/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Well, I just want to start out by thanking you for extending my benefits.

I was able to get my scooter fixed, so now I am mobile again.  I have been going to my doctors and taking my medications.  I try to take it one day at a time.  Well baseball season is in full swing and I would love to go to games but I am a little far.  When the Tampa Bay Rays play the Baltimore Orioles, I am going to get down there to watch at least one game.  

I love the Baltimore Orioles, they are my home team just like B.A.T. – you guys are my home team!

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 4/30/15 Edition

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

TYT

 Dear B.A.T.,

Not long ago I had the information about your organization and at that moment we were in the middle of a very difficult economic situation, a moment where you don’t really know what to do to resolve all the problems you have in front of you. I still remember the first day I had a conversation with the B.A.T. office in NY, a very tough situation for me because it was the first time ever I was asking for help. This marvelous organization was there to give me the support I needed in that moment. Now we have a new hope and a positive way to see our future as a family. You can count on me at any time to help and you can use my name and the pictures of my family to let everybody know all the good things you are doing in order to help people from baseball in difficulties.

God bless you all and I wish you all the best!

Sincerely, 

Elias Lugo

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To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

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