Baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and contributions to their team, individuals possessing these traits deserve Recognition. David Meltzer
Following up on last week’s blog focusing on unsportsmanlike conduct, we now look at the other end of the spectrum, sportsmanship and giving back to the community.
Last Friday the MLB awarded the Roberto Clemente Award to 5x All Star and 2013 NL MVP Pirates Outfielder Andrew McCuthchen for his outstanding leadership and community service. Rightfully re-named after Hall of Fame Pirates Outfielder Roberto Clemente, a man who tragically lost his life in a plane crash delivering supplies to victims of the 1972 Nicaraguan earthquake, this award is annually bestowed upon an MLB player who fans and media believe has made a positive impact both on and off the field. David Meltzer
Reputable history accompanies this award. The first ever recipient of the award in 1971, then known as the Commissioner’s Award, was 24x All Star World Series Champion Hall of Famer Willie Mays; and this year was no different. McCuthcen was only the second Pirates player in history (besides Clemente’s former teammate Willie Stargell) to win the award. David Meltzer
McCuthchen started off the 2015 season cutting off his dreadlocks to benefit Pirates Charities. He is also the founder of Cutch’s Crew, a program assisting inner-city youth baseball players and at-risk children in Pittsburgh. McCutchen’s active involvement in charities continues with his dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, the Light of Life Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity. It is rare to not to see this Pirates recipient utilizing his skills for the good of his community. McCutchen stated, “I feel like it kind of means a little more to me just because I wear a Pirate uniforn.” He then humbly added, “It caught me off guard, because the things that I hear, the people that I encounter who had some type of history with Roberto Clemente, they always have these stories about what a tremendous guy he was. The things that he did off the field.” This is what makes this award so special.
I have had the honor of representing the Clemente Family and the Award. Warren Moon my partner won the NFL “Man of the Year” award which is the sister award in Pro Football. We at Sports 1 Marketing, along with the Crescent Moon Foundation, pride ourselves on our efforts to associate all our work with charities. Like the Roberto Clemente Award, which sets a positive example by distinguishing MLB players who make major contributions both on and off the field, we strive to follow the same ideal path.
Therefore, as this award is exclusive to MLB players, it sets a perfect example for the rest of society to follow. Give more Live more! Que lo pase bien Roberto! Muchas Gracias!
By: David Meltzer