Thank You Thursday 8-28-2014 Edition

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

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Dear B.A.T.,

I hope you are having an enjoyable summer.  Thanks for the check for my medical expenses and rent.  This has made my summer and life continues to be happy.  I am grateful for you for the help you have provided me.  Thank you for reaching out to me with your kindness!

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Dr. Bobby Brown

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I was involved when B.A.T. was first established and I’ve been with it since the start.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

As part of the Major League Baseball organization, I like to be involved and help – with non-profit specifically. I believe in helping players who have financial and health needs.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

Yes, all players and those who organize baseball are a family in most instances.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? Have you recommended anyone in need to reach out to our team?

I’ve heard the cases presented and shared at the B.A.T. dinners in the past. At the beginning of B.A.T. I was around to help spread the word.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Certainly!

Stepping up to BAT with Marvin Benard

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I first heard about B.A.T. probably in ’97 or ’98. A friend of mine (George Santiago) told me about the charitable organization and what it stood for. Then again at Spring Training there were representatives to tell us all about the work they do.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I believe in B.A.T. because people fall on hard times, they have bad luck sometimes for no reason and they need help. I feel like I have been blessed with my life and luck and that puts me in a position to help. Like the saying goes, “today for you, tomorrow for me” and you never know what can happen. It doesn’t matter who or why or when, I try to help in whatever way I can.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

You never know what can happen so if you’re in a position to help, you should. We help each other out when we can.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

Yes, I know a couple of my ex-teammates who have received assistance from B.A.T.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Yes, I would recommend B.A.T. “in a heartbeat”. Sometimes it’s hard on egos and tough to reach out in times of need, but I would always recommend friends in need. I’m always looking out and listening to what is going on and if I hear anyone in need I would bring B.A.T. up to them, possibly even try and get them a phone number or contact to reach. Because of egos and pride, the confidentiality is a big deal, and so I would bring up the B.A.T. resource to help and then let them do what they want with it.

Thank You Thursday 8-14-2014 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of an MLB club front office employee.

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Dear B.A.T.,

Words can’t really express how thankful I am!

The things B.A.T. has done for me have helped me in a so many ways and I just want to express my gratitude.

Wishing you all many blessings!

Thank you

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Benny Ayala

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I first heard about B.A.T. from a friend in Puerto Rico years ago, a former MLB player – Orlando Cepeda. I was told that the organization helped people in need.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I believe in B.A.T. because it helps people. The organization exists to help out anyone in the baseball family and I believe in that.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

The family of the baseball organization exists and it’s real and we help each other.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

Yes, I know more than 60 players from Puerto Rico who B.A.T. has assisted.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Yes! I would recommend B.A.T. to baseball families in need because it really helps and it really works! The Baseball Assistance Team is unique to any other sports organization in the continental U.S.!

Thank You Thursday 8-7-2014 Edition

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

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Dear B.A.T.,

I am just writing to let you know how I am doing.  Things are the same with my health, it has not changed.  I thank God for that and the much needed help I get from B.A.T.  If it wasn’t for you I really don’t know what I would do.  I am truly grateful for what you do for me.  I hope you are able to keep doing it.  Things are hard for me and you make things so much easier.

Thank you!

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Jim McAndrew

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

Oh boy, I was around from the inception of the program – from when Joe Garagiola started it. I’ve heard about it for so long, I don’t even remember when I was first introduced.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I was always sensitive and acutely aware of the guys I played with having problems in their outside life. Most guys left baseball with nothing. I was fortunate enough to go to college and finish college before playing baseball professionally, so when I left to game to injury when I was 30, I had something to fall back on to support myself and my family. At the time, baseball players didn’t make that much money and they left the game with nothing after to take care of a family.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

I feel blessed and fortunate to have been awarded the opportunity to play baseball professionally and I think the sport has a great community.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? Have you recommended anyone in need to reach out to our team?

Yes, I do know some people who have been helped by B.A.T.. I know a guy who had some help from B.A.T. to get his hip replaced, and a few guys who have reached out for assistance. The best part about the program is that they do their best to keep a low-profile, and I know a lot of guys who have been helped who don’t want it publicized.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Of course – that’s why I support it.

B.A.T. attends the Eastern League All-Star Game

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Peoples Natural Gas Field – Home of the Altoona Curve

B.A.T. Administrator, Michelle Fucich attended the Eastern League All-Star game in Altoona, PA on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014.  Enjoy the summary of her experience below!

I arrived in Altoona, PA on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014.  I got settled in at the Courtyard Marriott and began to prepare for the All-Star festivities.  I headed to Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve that evening.  Once I arrived at the ballpark, I was greeted by General Manager, Rob Egan and Special Events & All-Star Game Coordinator, Emily Rosencrants.  They directed me to the on field check presentation where the Altoona Curve Booster Club donated $1,000 to B.A.T. in honor of grant recipient Tike Redman.  It was a great honor to be a part of this presentation.  Right after the presentation, I took my seat and enjoyed the Hereos Softball Game.  After the game, I proceeded down to the locker room to present to the players and explain the mission of B.A.T.  One of the players was even wearing a B.A.T. t-shirt but I wasn’t quick enough to take a picture!  I wished the men good luck and headed back up to the stadium to watch the Ghostmen Hitting Challenge which was fun and exciting.  The ballpark had an amazing atmosphere and the fans were excited to be there!

The next morning I attended the Eastern League meetings and was given the opportunity to speak to all the GM’s and their staff.   After the meeting, I attended the excursion to DelGrosso’s Amusement park set up by Altoona Curve.  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the staff of the Erie Seawolves.  What a great group of people!  We enjoyed our day together – full of laughs and excitement.  After the excursion, the staff of the Erie Seawolves and myself headed to the ballpark for the All-Star Game.

As for the game, the players did not disappoint!  The West All-Stars won the game 5-2.  Erie Seawolves Steven Moya was presented with the Eastern League All-Star Game MVP honors – very cool!  My tweet even made it up on the big screen.  After the game, we enjoyed the postgame fireworks in the outfield.

In closing, most were learning about B.A.T. for the first time.  It was my pleasure to be able to explain B.A.T. in detail to the Baseball Family.  I had a great time and such a memorable experience in Altoona, PA.

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Heroes Softball Game

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The Erie Seawolves staff & myself

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Eastern League All-Star official game ball, program & ticket!

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Postgame Fireworks in the outfield

Stepping up to BAT with Frank Catalanotto

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I heard about the organization when I was still in the Majors. The B.A.T. representatives would come to Spring Training and speak to the teams along with a grant recipient. It was a really good presentation and we would look forward to hearing from them and some stories about the work they’ve done.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I support B.A.T. because it is important. The program helps out a lot of people in need in the baseball family. People come to unfortunate situations and they need help and the Baseball Assistance Team always seems to find the most deserving candidates to help – and I’m all for that!

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

The baseball community is a family because everyone in baseball understands what other guys in the baseball family are going through. The guys that are still playing, played in the past, their wives and children and families, they all understand what it takes to play in the Major Leagues. We care about each and every one that has been part of our baseball family.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? Have you recommended anyone in need to reach out to our team?

I don’t know anyone personally who has been assisted. However, I have heard stories from the dinners and presentations and I do know that the B.A.T. always finds the most deserving candidates that fall on terrible circumstances to help.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

I would definitely recommend B.A.T. to everyone in the baseball family because of all the good they do. B.A.T. helps change lives and it is nice to be able to help them change other people’s lives by supporting the organization on a yearly basis. 

Thank You Thursday 7-10-2014 Edition

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

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Dear B.A.T.,

I am just writing to let you know that I am so grateful for the help you have given me. Today is my birthday! I am 78 years old and blessed. My caretaker/daughter-in-law are here to help me with my shopping and daily tasks. I try to stay active. I take care of myself the best I can.

I really just want you to know that I really appreciate everything you have done for me. I really can’t say what I would do without you. You helping me makes living a little easier so I am able to keep going. I just hope when my time comes around again, you will keep me in your hearts and mind.

Thank you again!

 

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