Pitch In

Those of you who read this blog and own an MLBlog of your own are probably already familiar with Zack Hample.  If you are not already familiar with this ball snagging phenom (seriously, his commitment to snagging baseballs…if the rest of applied it to our own passions it would be scary what we could accomplish)…here is a video showing him on CBS discussing some of the best tricks in the game when it comes to taking home a baseball from the next game you attend.

 

Now, Zack has been on countless TV shows, in numerous publications and even has his own books out about his passion and various aspects of the game itself so it’s not like my mentioning him here is going to do much in getting the word out about him.  However, what I do hope it helps is get the word out about the charity Zack works with on a regular basis called, Pitch In For Baseball.

Pitch In For Baseball is an amazing organization that provides the proper equipment needed to kids around the world so they too can enjoy the great game some of us may take for granted.  Think of the local baseball field and your experiences playing the game growing up.  Probably some great memories, yes?  Imagine having no gloves, cleats, bats, balls, etc around to do so.  Honestly, if it were me and that experience was taken away from me, that would’ve been tragic.  Last year, every ball Zack snagged raised money for Pitch In For Baseball.  You are able to donate as much as you’d like per ball and every little bit helps.  I recall seeing the joy on kids’ faces when they were showing footage of kids getting soccer/futbol equipment around the world during the World Cup and it made me happy to have taken part in the same type of effort through PIFB.  There are organizations out there working hard to provide medicine, vaccines, water, food and of course all of these things take precedent over baseball equipment.  However there is something special about being given an opportunity to play a great game and dream about playing like your favorite players that deserves recognition, respect and action as well.  The group does a great job and I just wanted to take a moment to mention them here and provide you with the info you would need in order to help. 

The group’s website is found at http://pitchinforbaseball.org/html/index.html and Zack’s charity pledge page can be found at http://www.zackhample.com/charity.php.  I’m pledging to help with what I can this year.  I have a new little baseball guy on the way and come October he’ll be on his own little journey to hopefully enjoy the game as much as I do.  If we lived in a country where we needed help to make that happen, I’d hope others would help him out as well.  Check it out and do what you can.  Thanks for reading.  Go Cubs Go.

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I’m Lovin’ It

No, it’s not a McDonald’s advertisement.  Simply my response to Game one of today’s doubleheader against the Cards.  Z threw a gem and even hit a home run.  Talk about the talent out weighing the crazy!

I don’t root for anyone to fail, but I must admit I enjoyed watching Pujols botch that grounder today allowing two Cubs runs to score.  He’s catching Obama’s first pitch to start the All-Star Game festivities.  Hopefully that one doesn’t get through as well.
Game two tonight, can’t wait.  Pulled within 2 1/2 with the win.  Would be great to go out 1 1/2 out come the break at the end of the night.  Lilly will see an inning or two over the next couple days, everyone else will get some much needed rest.  But first, we need to pick up another game against the Cards tonight.  Wells on the mound and this kid is hot!  Let’s hope he adds another win to his streak….and let’s hope Piniella enforces the ‘use the stairs’ rule…we don’t need any more stupid injuries like Demp’s.
Also feeling good about pledging to fellow MLBlogger Zack Hample‘s charity effort for Pitch In For Baseball.  Arguably the BEST ball hawk in the game, Zack is snagging baseballs for charity.  You can pledge a certain amount per ball snagged (your choice) and at the end of the World Series, your donation makes it possible for kids all over the world to enjoy, and at time, be introduced to the game of baseball.  Sounded like a great cause to me after hanging out with Zack today, so I’m on board!  You can be too by clicking here!
Mark Newman of MLB.com, Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres and now your friendly neighborhood Cubs blog Prose and Ivy are all helping make a difference…what are you waiting for?  Click the link above and support a great cause!
Beat those Cards tonight Cubbies…Go Cubs Go!
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