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Rays Carl Crawford to host event to entice more minority youth to play baseball

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Press Release

carlcrawfordSt. Petersburg, FL — Carl Crawford, the most valuable player of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game and starting left fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, will host “Catching up with Carl Crawford,” an event to encourage more African-American youth to be involved with the sport of baseball.

Growing up, Crawford attended schools in a typical inner-city educational program. Then, it was easier for disadvantaged minorities to play football or basketball, due to the lack of resources and fields to play baseball. Today, the same story is true for many, which is why Carl would like to do his part to provide resources and outlets, for minority youth to have the opportunity to be involved with baseball.

“Growing up, baseball was always one of my passions. I’d like to do my part to make it possible for minority youth today to experience baseball and maybe make it a passion of their own,” said Crawford.

Crawford has teamed up with another African-American MLB player, friend CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, to help support his efforts. Sabathia will also speak to the youth in attendance.

Catching up with Carl will take place Wednesday, July 29 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be an event for Carl and CC to share stories of how they became involved with baseball and its importance to be consistent in the sport. The youth have also been invited to stay for batting practice, dinner and Rays vs. Yankees game, compliments of Carl Crawford and the Rays.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
  • Time: 2:45p.m – 3:45 p.m.
  • Location: Tropicana Field:1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
  • Hosts: Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay Rays) & CC Sabathia (New York Yankees)

About Crawford
Carl Crawford is a seven-year MLB veteran and left fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. On May 3, 2009, he tied a modern record by stealing six bases in a game against the Boston Red Sox. On July 14, 2009, Crawford represented Tampa Bay in the 2009 All-Star Game, where he was named MVP for a leaping catch at the top of the 8-foot outfield wall to prevent a go-ahead home run by Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe. About Sabathia
Carsten Charles “CC” Sabathia is an eight-year MLB veteran and starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. Sabathia played the first seven-plus seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians where he won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award, and played the second half of the 2008 MLB season with the Milwaukee Brewers, leading them to the NL Wild Card. For more information about CATCHING Up with Carl or media inquiries, please contact Rays Communications Dept., (727) 825-3242.


Written by Symphony

July 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

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