Thursday, September 28, 2006

Strike Outs for Troops

Barry Zito meets with soldiers Wasim Khan (left), SGT Larry Gill (center) and CPL Michael Oreskovic, from Walter Reed Army Medical Center before the Oakland A's ~ Washington Nationals Game in Washington, DC.

Strike Outs for Troops is a military support group founded by Barry Zito, pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. he has personally pledged $200 for every strike out be throws in the 2006 season, and has gotten other baseball players to participate as well. You can see their stats at the web site! The money goes to "the benefit of our war wounded being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Hospital and other military hospitals for injuries received during service in Afghanistan, Iraq and other assignments around the world." Zito says, "Please help us to let them know we care and thank them for their bravery and service to our country."
The players involved in this project are:
Barry Zito, Oakland A's
Dontrell Willis, Florida Marlins
Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres
Shawn Estes, San Diego Padres
Curt Shilling, Boston Red Sox
CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians
Danny Haren, Oakland A's
Matt Miller, Cleveland Indians
Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves
Horacia Ramirez, Atlanta Braves
Chad Codero, Washington Nationals
Rich Harden, Oakland A's
Kirk Saarloos, Oakland A's
Huston Street, Oakland A's
Joe Blanton, Oakland A's
Justin Duchscherer, Oakland A's
Brad Lidge, Houston Astros
Chad Qualls, Houston Astros
Russ Springer, Houston Astros
Dan Wheeler, Houston Astros
Trevor Miller, Houston Astros
Jason Hirsh, Houston Astros
Minor League Pitchers:
Errol Simonitsch, New Britain Rock Cats
Trevor Bell, Angels Rookie Team
Position Players:
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Chipper Jones, 3B, Atlanta Braves
Manny Ramirez, LF, Boston Red Sox
Jermaine Dye, RF, Chicago White Sox
Jason Kendall, C, Oakland A's
Nick Swisher, RF, Oakland A's
Mark Kotsay, CF, Oakland A's
Eric Chavez, 3B, Oakland A's
Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland A's
Eric Byrnes, CF, Arizona Diamondbacks
In 2005, the group raised $137,775. At the half way point of the 2006 season, they had raised $190,836.50.

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