Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Minor League Baseball Means: Celebrities and Former Players

Sure you saw some former Major League Baseball players in the American Association League but nothing with prepare you for the amount of celebrities and former players one will see at a Minor League Baseball game. They may be in house to throw out the first pitch, a charity event, or simply doing promotion for the team.This past summer in Ogden I got to meet Tommy Lasorda who was visiting the Raptors for a weekend series. Tommy got his managerial start with Ogden and never forgot how supportive the city was to him during the early part of his career. He makes it a point to catch a couple of Raptors games every year and last year the team declared the weekend that he visits " Tommy Lasorda Weekend".  The Birmingham Barons had Brittney Spears shoot a video inside their park for one of her videos a couple of years back and she stuck around for a couple of innings. The last week of the season last yea,r I got to meet some Utah Jazz players and get some autographs. Just this week, Yahoo Sports had a photo of Randy Savage behind home plate watching a St.Lucie Mets game in Florida weeks before his death. Former Major League players even come out to visit their sons and cousins playing in Minor League Baseball. I had the chance to meet Jesse Barfield who I remember watching when i was younger at a Baybears game in 2004.  His son, Josh, told me the day before that he would be visiting and I gathered up some cards for him to sign the next day. Finally, wouldn't it  be appropriate to have Don Sutton to throw out the 1st pitch on Opening Day ?

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