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Baseball Wives to Visit Zephyr Field

July 5, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - New Orleans Baby Cakes News Release

On July 7th, a group of wives of current and former MLB players will be at Zephyr Field to raise awareness and funds in support of the Gulf region and in response to the oil spill, a national tragedy. The group will throw a ceremonial first pitch and will be recognized before the Zephyrs play the Omaha Royals at 11:30 AM.

For some, this is not their first trip to Louisiana. Megan Thomas, wife of Chicago White Sox great Frank Thomas and Co-Founder of the Baseball Wives Charitable Foundation, traveled to New Orleans with other baseball wives in January of 2007, after Hurricane Katrina. "New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are so rich in culture and have such a resilient sense of community," describes Megan, "This is my second trip to the New Orleans area, both times in the wake of devastation. We need to be vigilant in our quest to help restore this devastated ecosystem that will in turn benefit communities and protect wildlife in this vibrant area. We have a special opportunity to help out, and I would like you to join me."

"Major League Baseball and its charities have made a major impact in our community over the years and their work has not only brought financial assistance to our community but has raised awareness and its great that they continue to support the area." Commented Zephyrs General Manager Mike Schline.

The Baseball Wives group will be arrive in the City on Tuesday and will be meeting with city officials and parish residents to hear their concerns and challenges. They will also be visiting local seafood restaurants, wetlands and bird sanctuaries in support of commercial and recreational fisherman.

This trip is especially important to Crystal Durbin, wife of Phillies pitcher Chad Durbin, who calls this area home. Crystal explains, "The feeling of helplessness during this crisis is overwhelming. I have watched my home, my heritage, our wildlife, and our marshlands become destroyed. My heart breaks for my home state of Louisiana and every state and community being affected by this oil spill along the Gulf Coast. I am happy to be joined by my fellow wives who can go back and share the story of what they have witnessed and encourage all to help out in this valiant effort."


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