Baseball fans have long had several certainties as the January ice gives way to hope as a new season begins. The freshly cut grass of manicured spring training facilities. Countless “Best shape of my life” quotes. And kindness from one of the good guys at baseball
Baseball fans have long had several certainties as the January ice gives way to hope as a new season begins.
The freshly cut grass of manicured spring training facilities. Countless “Best shape of my life” quotes. And kindness from one of the good guys at baseball Dee Strange-Gordon.
The two-time all-star has partnered with MLB, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball and Wilson Sporting Goods to host a special drive-through gear giveaway at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida on Saturday. Children from Around the World The Treasure Coast area has an opportunity to meet Gordon, attend a safety-focused clinic, and receive a variety of youth baseball equipment including a bat backpack, batting helmet, baseball, face mask and Franklin Sports “PLAY” BALL Plastic bat & ball set.Masks and social distancing guidelines will be strictly adhered to throughout the event.
“We thought and planned [for this event] for months. Lots of Zoom calls with Pitch in For Baseball, Wilson and my agent, “Gordon told Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian of Hot Stove on the MLB Network Friday.
“”[The event] will accommodate approximately 15 to 20 children. We’ll be doing a baseball gear drive-through pickup for anyone who comes out for about an hour and a half. “
One special group that will be attending are children from SafeSpace, a United Way agency that provides shelter, safety, support and education for victims of domestic violence on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Gordon has been nominated multiple times for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes commitment to the community. He previously supported nonprofit organizations dedicated to combating domestic violence.
The socially distant occasion resembles a “PLAY BALL” community event series that MLB continues to host with various groups including current MLB players, black churches, and other community organizations across the country that provide bats and bats to families and children make ball sets that are safe to enjoy at home, in parks, and in the neighborhood.
Events like Saturday’s are nothing new to Gordon, who has long been committed to giving back to the community. One such event came at the start of the pandemic when Gordon was helping a troubled business in his hometown as well as members of the local community by buying delicious grilled foods for those in need.
“I’m just trying to make sure people are eating and supporting black business owners from all over town,” Gordon said.