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Barons in the Community

Longtime Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy once said, "Baseball is not real life. It's a fantasy world... It's a dream come true." The Birmingham Barons have been proud to bring that fantasy world to millions of fans in the Birmingham area since 1885. However, the reality is many people don't get the chance to witness or participate in the "dream come true" that is baseball. Part of being a Baron means not only performing on the field and in the front office, but also serving as an ambassador of the game to those in need.

Since moving back to downtown Birmingham in 2013 the Barons have continued to grow our community relations program by finding new ways to give back to the Magic City. In 2017, the team continued to grow the tradition of supporting the community that supports them. From hosting special awareness nights that included raising funds through jersey auctions to visiting places like Children's Hospital and holding a special clinic for children with special needs, the Barons players and staff stayed busy. Here is a look at a few of the many noteworthy events the Barons were involved this year.

Players Host Baseball Clinic For Children With Special Needs.
During the 2017 season, Barons players once again hosted a special baseball clinic for children with special needs from Vestavia City Schools and The Exceptional Foundation. The players interacted with the children and worked on the fundamentals of baseball with them. Barons manager Julio Vinas when once asked about the clinic stated "A loss last night doesn't come into mind any more when you see these kids light up and smile when you teach them something," Vinas said. '"One of the little girls after she touched home gave me a hug and I just melted. I always enjoy doing this. I have a nephew that is autistic. I stand behind these causes. I think it is important to be a part of this community and help out."

Barons Appearances At Children's Hospital
The Barons also continued their relationship with Children's of Alabama in Birmingham by sending some players to visit some of the children receiving care and treatment there. Barons players including Matt Cooper, Jace Fry, Jordan Guerrero and Connor Walsh made several trips to take photos, sign autographs and pass out some special gifts during the season.

Barons Players Visit Ronald McDonald House
Several Barons players along with Babe Ruff made a special visit to the Ronald McDonald House of Birmingham in August. Trey Michalczewski, Jordan Guerrero, Hunter Jones, Jace Fry and Thaddius Lowry spent time taking photos with the families that have patients at Children's of Alabama. Families at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham enjoy a cozy bedroom plus cooking, laundry, internet and recreational facilities, dinners provided by volunteers, the support of other families and a caring staff.

Barons Visit Brother Bryan Mission

Several members of the Barons made a visit to the Brother Bryan Mission this summer. The players visited with those who are staying at the mission speaking to them about their stories. The players wrapped up their visit by helping to serve lunch.

Babe Ruff and Lillie Mays Visit Birmingham VA Hospital
Babe Ruff and Lillie Mays made a special visit to the Birmingham VA Hospital in conjunction with National Thank A Veteran Week. Babe & Lillie visited patients and took photos with these true American heroes. On each Salute to Armed Forces Sunday during the season a veteran representing the Birmingham VA threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game.