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Our country tends to come together in times of tragedy. On January 8th, a tragic shooting
in Tucson, Arizona took place at a local grocery store, where residents were
gathered to hear Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords speak. Six lives were lost that day, many were severely
injured and countless numbers were affected by the event, including the
baseball community. The youngest of all
victims was 9 year old Christina-Taylor Green.
Christina was the daughter of John Green, scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers
and granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager, Dallas Green. Not only was Christina a member of the
baseball community through her own family but she too loved the game. She was the only girl on her little league
team and dreamed of one day being the first woman to play in the Major Leagues. Her Little League team along with many others
wear a patch designed in her memory.
Today, March 7th, the first of two games played
in honor of Christina. The Arizona
Diamondbacks take on the Chicago White Sox at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, in
Tucson, previous spring training home to both.
The proceeds from the charity exhibition game will go to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund.
The Diamondbacks will return to Tucson again on March 25th
to take on the Dodgers in a second game benefiting the Tucson Together Fund. The Tucson Together Fund was created to help
with expenses of those and their families directly affected from the
It’s impossible to imagine how it feels to lose such a young
child. Although, nothing can bring
Christina back to her family, the baseball community continues to support their own during this difficult time.
Before USA Baseball moved to
Cary, NC in 2003 their home was in Tucson, Arizona. Our hearts go out to the city of Tucson, the entire Green family and all those affected by this
tragedy. The support shown from the entire baseball community, makes us thankful to be a part of something so special.