Miami Marlins volunteer in the community

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The Miami Marlins are hitting home runs in the community - Yes I know that is such a cliche statement, but I had to do it :)  When the Marlins broke ground on their new park in Miami, Florida, they created a Marlins Ayudan (Spanish for "help") team to do work in the community.

This Ayudan team, also called the "blue shirts" is working wonders in the community.  In 2012, they donated over $1.2 million and have clocked in over 5,000 hours in community service!!!  Over they years, they estimate that 100,000 people have been helped by the program.

In October 2012, over 200 members of the Marlins staff went to Miami Edison Middle School to give an entire day of service which included painting, gardening, and working with the kids.  “Our hope is that the kids realize the importance of education and learning lessons.”, said Marlins president David Samson.

They even donated $10,000 to the school's Red Raiders Room which is a collection of games and computers that students can use if they are doing well.  The kids were of course ecstatic :)

Keep up the good work and spreading the Good News!!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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History Hits San Francisco AT&T Park Bleachers

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Last night was game 1 of the 2012 World Series between the San Francisco Giants, and the Detroit Tigers. With the Tigers ace Justin Verlander at the mound, everyone expected another dominant complete game out of arguably the best pitcher in baseball. But the Giants Pablo Sandoval had other ideas for the night…Sandoval hit the history books with his 3 homeruns leading the Giants to take the first game of this seven game series 8-3. "Man, I still can't believe it," Sandoval said of his performance. "When you're a little kid, you dream of being in the World Series, but I was thinking of being in this situation, three homers in one game." 3 homeruns in a World Series game has only been accomplished 3 other times in the history of Major League Baseball. Babe Ruth who did it in 1926 and 1928, Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Albert Pujols last year. Game 2 is set for tonight October 25, and we will all be watching to see how Detroit comes back from a disappointing loss, and how Pablo backs up his historic night.

 

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Baseball player gets a second chance

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Most of us as kids only had dreams of playing a professional sport growing up, but to some it becomes a
reality. So can you imagine working so hard your entire life finally getting that opportunity, and then it
gets taken away just as fast. That happened to Chicago Cubs Rookie Adam Greenberg, who at the time
was 24, and entering his first major league at bat. On the first pitch Greenberg was hit in the head with
the ball, and his career was over just like that. Greenberg struggled to walk in months to come, and
suffered from ongoing concussion symptoms, but that didn’t stop him. He worked hard over the years
playing ball oversees, and eventually almost getting back to his form that got him to the big leagues.

An independent filmmaker Matt Liston who is also one diehard Cubs fan decided to start a “One At-
Bat” campaign in honor of Adam Greenberg trying to get him his major league swing that he most
definitely deserved. Despite a viral video, national media attention and almost 25,000 signatures on
an online petition, the Cubs said thanks but no thanks. A difficult roadblock was that MLB teams were
not allowed to give one-day contracts to players, but baseball commissioner Bud Selig eventually gave
his approval to bend the rules. Now at 31 yrs old, Adam Greenberg will get his shot ironically with the
team that ended his career. The Miami Marlins received approval from MLB to give Greenberg a plate
appearance Tuesday October 2nd, during Miami's home game against the New York Mets.

Obviously this is a dream come true for Adam, and we at Good World News wish him the best!

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