Tuesday, July 1, 2008
OC, SS; AJ, C; Q, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; Crede, 3B; Swish, 1B; ARam, 2B; BA, CF. Danks pitching.
Battle of Left-handers
Everyone is aware that Cleveland’s Cliff Lee is 11-1 with an ERA of 2.34, second in the league, but how about John Danks, who ranks third in the AL with a 2.62 ERA.
Nick Swisher hosted Adam Bender and his family today at the ballpark. Bender, 8, is from Kentucky. He caught Swish’s eye recently when a wire photo showed Bender catching in his youth league game. Bender, you see, has one leg.
So Swish invited the boy up to see the clubhouse, play catch on the field and watch BP. All the guys stopped to say hello.
And for the ceremonial first pitch tonight, there will be a twist. Swish will throw to Bender.
Here’s the release with the details:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 1, 2008
NICK SWISHER TO HONOR INSPIRATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUER
White Sox Slugger Recognizes the Spirit, Hope and Courage in Kids With Special Visit
From Cancer Survivor on the One-Year Anniversary of Foundation, “Swish’s Wishes”
CHICAGO – Eight-year-old baseball catcher Adam Bender, who lost his leg to cancer at the age of one, will join Chicago White Sox outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher on the field of U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday, July 1 to catch Swisher’s ceremonial first pitch. Swisher invited Adam to the game and to throw the first pitch as a sign of inspiration, hope and courage – the virtues that Swisher has sought to bring to so many during the first year of his “Swish’s Wishes™” charitable foundation for kids.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the first anniversary of ‘Swish’s Wishes’ then to spend it with Adam Bender and his family,” said Swisher. “I’m a big believer in ‘it’s when you give of yourself that you truly receive,’ and I’m so happy he accepted my invitation to be here today. He has given me the greatest gift by sharing his fight and no-quit attitude. He’s such an inspiration, and I think we all can learn something from this little boy.”
A resident of Lexington, Ken., Adam, who also plays soccer and is the quarterback of his flag football team, professes to enjoy baseball the most. He prepares to defend the plate by resting on one knee until a runner tries to score and that’s when he hops on one leg to take the throw. This skill earned him the league lead in put outs at his position at one point this past Little League season.
Before handling the first pitch catching duties, Adam will get to meet Nick’s White Sox teammates, tour the clubhouse, sit in the dugout and watch the team take batting practice before its game vs. Cleveland.
“I’m not sure who’ll be more excited when we meet today, Adam or me,” said Swisher. “On second thought, I’m sure it will be me!”
“Swish’s Wishes” is committed to assisting with vital medical and childhood care, education, recreational activities and other essential programs that will make a difference in a child’s life. All contributions to the Nick Swisher “Swish’s Wishes” Foundation are processed through The Community Foundation For the National Capital Region (www.cfncr.org), a 501(c) (3) Tax ID 23-7343119. For more information about “Swish’s Wishes,” please visit www.nickswisher.net.
We’ve got a date … August 6. Details on buying tickets tomorrow!
No one complain about the date. You complain, you can’t come …