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Arizona Diamondbacks draft paralyzed player

California’s Mr. Baseball for the year of 2010, Cory Hahn was destined to be in the Big Leagues, and to make an impact. After high school, Cory was drafted in the 26th round to the San Diego Padres, but turned that down to play college baseball at Arizona State.  

 

Just 3 games into in college career, Cory slid headfirst into 2nd base and collided with an opponent.  In a freak accident, Cory had broken his neck and doctors told him he was paralyzed from the chest down.  Cory knew his baseball career was over, but he held his head high and pursued a business degree while being the assistant coach for his team. 

 

Being that he was eligible for the MLB draft again because he was 3 years removed from high school, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the 34th round this past Saturday.  It was also significant because Cory had worn #34 at Arizona State.  Cory’s story is an inspiration to all, and we wanted to congratulate him on being drafted.  What an honor.

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

 

Jeremy

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(Sacramento, California) The Valley High baseball team was practicing on the field when they heard screams from the parking lot.  Without delay, the 30 Varsity and JV players hopped the fence and ran towards the lot.

There they found a young student pinned under a car.  The driver accidentally backed into her and pinned her underneath without knowing.  The baseball team heroically lifted the car and rescued the young student.

"Their courage in a traumatic situation was truly remarkable. I couldn't be more proud. They turned a terrible situation into a heroic one.", their coach Brett Sawyer proudly stated.

And that's what's good,

Jon

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What an awesome feeling to be able to throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. 

 

Alayna Adams was selected to throw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay/Boston game to honor her father Lt, Col Will Adams who had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past two years.  What Alayna didn’t know, was that her father was behind the catcher’s mask waiting for her to throw him the ball.  

 

What a beautiful moment it was when her father caught her pitch and then lifted his mask.  She instantly ran into her father’s arms, which could possibly be the greatest moment this year in sports. 

 

 

Have a good day, and let the good news be yours,

 

Jeremy

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Josh Hamilton is known for his interaction with his fans, but on this day he took it one step further.  Hamilton signed a ball for an excited fan during a game between the Angels and A's which in itself is awesome for a fan.  He also added a message on the ball which read "Your hair is awesome" :-).  The fans reaction is priceless.

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours :-)
 
Jeremy

 

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In this new social media era, you can always attempt to converse with your favorite Athlete or Celebrity.  Typically you get no response, but sometime you get lucky. 
 
On this day, Alex Berg, a Minnesota Twins baseball fan got his wish.  He tweeted "Got screwed over online on the Twins tickets I bought last night for today's game. Any chance my fav.player @glen_perkins could help me out?" 
 
Minutes later, Glen Perkins, a Twins relief pitcher responded by asking how many tickets he needed!  Next thing you know Alex, his girlfriend, Grandma and Cousin all had tickets to the Twins game that day! 
 
Alex tweeted again...but this time it was a picture from the ball game! :-)
 
 
Have a great day, and let the Good News be yours,
 
Jeremy
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A ball boy's wish comes true

Ted Kremer’s dreams and wishes came true the day he was honorary bat boy for the Cincinnati Reds. Earlier in the year Ted’s parents attended a fund raiser where they won an auction for their son to be a bat boy for one Cincinnati Reds game. On the day of the game, Ted had two simple requests from the ball club… 11 strikeouts for free pizza and a home run from his favorite player Todd Frazier. On that day, both of Ted’s wishes came true! Ted was born with down syndrome and doctors originally said the he would likely never smile, talk or walk. Ted’s smile couldn’t have been any bigger that day on the diamond in Cincinnati. The Reds may want to keep Ted as their bat boy full time for the future!

Have a great day, and let the Good News be Yours!

Jeremy

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History on Opening Day

Washington Nationals baseball phenom Bryce Harper hit two home runs in his first two at-bats on opening day.  Harper is the youngest player in Major League Baseball History to go yard twice on opening day.  Harper was the National League Rookie Of the Year in 2012, and doesn't look like hes slowing down just one bit.  What a great way to start the season.
 
Have a great day, and let the Good News be yours,
 
Jeremy
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A lifesaving gesture from coach to player

When being recruited to play college sports, often coaches will tell you that you are coming to their University to become part of their family, and that means making sacrifices for one another.  Tom Walter, the baseball coach for Wake Forest University made this promise quite apparent.

Kevin Jordan was a freshman outfielder for Wake Forest when he found out the terrible news that he needed a kidney transplant. He was diagnosed with ANCA vasculitis which left his kidneys functioning at 8 percent. Kevin’s family was tested and no one was found to be a match for the transplant.

That’s when Coach Walter took initiative upon himself to get tested. Coach Walter found out he was a match and told his team and family that he would donate the kidney to his player. The operation went well and both men are expected to make full recoveries.

 

Have a great day, and let the Good News be yours,

Jeremy

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All seemed lost to Chris Fevurly and his son Nolan after burglars stole their collection of Ken Griffey Jr. baseball cards and their electronics.  Fortunately good people came together and made all the difference.

Their friends and neighbors created fundraisers to get them a new big-screen TV and helped replace some of their baseball cards.  The greatest gift of all came when the man, the myth, the legend, Ken Griffey Jr. himself called them on the phone!

How'd it go down?  Chris and Nolan received free court side seats to the Wichita State basketball game. During the game, another icon, Roberto Clemente Jr. walked up to them with an autographed picture of Ken Griffey Jr. along with a phone call from the man himself.

They may have lost some "stuff", but they now have some amazing memories and new merchandise from friends and family.  Great news!

And that's what's good,
Jon

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Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson

Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson (January 31st). Robinson was the first African American Major League Baseball Player of the modern era.

In 1947 as a Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line, and throughout his life was extremely influential in the Civil Rights Movement.

Robinson had an exceptional baseball career playing in 6 World Series, 6 All Star Games, 1947 Rookie Of The Year, and 1949 League MVP. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1962.

In 1997, Major League Baseball "universally" retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams; he was the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored. Since that time, Major League Baseball has adopted a new annual tradition called "Jackie Robinson Day," in which all players on all teams wear #42.

 

Jeremy

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