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  • The Barry Zito Goodbye Report

    by Bill Chuck on October 15, 2013

    Reader Jerry Malitz shared this with me: Barry Zito said goodbye to San Francisco in a full-page ad.

    Class act.

    Zito's Goodbye Ad

    { 4 comments }

    elfel October 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    B. Zito also won an award for charity, I believe for veterans. This is the kind of stuff that is almost never noticed in sports. It’s always about stats, and winning but not off the field stuff (except when it is bad). I’m not sure why this isn’t played up more.

    Bill October 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    The Roberto Clemente Award is one of the most prestigious in baseball and addresses contributions to the community – http://www.billy-ball.com/2013/09/the-roberto-clemente-award-report/

    elfel October 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Thanks Bill. I was thinking it would be nice if there was a website that was showed athletes and their charitable work. I’m pretty sure many teams make some regularly scheduled visits to hospitals or the like during the season. But individually unless an award is given no one knows about it. I’m sure the athlete isn’t doing it to get attention but since all athletes get such idolization just for rather silly things like stats or whatever, it would be nice to draw a bigger picture of them of something that really shows their character. You could still boo them if they stink during a game! As I was writing this I thought I might just google althletes and charitable work and there are sites that do this like athletes for charity, the good in sports, but it looks like it’s not a universal thing among athletes to do this. Many big names do have foundations but I’m sure many go unrecognized. Anyway just a thought.

    Bill October 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Thursday I will have something up on the Hutch Award. I will try to feature more on baseball and charities and other exemplar work during the offseason.

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