The Baltimore Orioles have a shiny new classic, but it’s not the typical classic that excites you from the sound of the name.
Of course, I’m not talking about a car, a timeless record or a collectible baseball card. I’m talking about a veteran, a pitcher, to be exact, by the name of Kyle Gibson.
The newly-minted right-hander recently signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the O’s that will bring his wisdom and experience to a young and growing pitching staff.
At 36 years of age, Gibson has arrived in Baltimore as the elder statesman and new giver of advice, education and teachings. But outside of baseball, Gibson, along with his wife, Elizabeth, has been hosting an annual event for the past three years.
The event is a sporting clays tournament for fellow players and professionals that benefits local food banks, this year’s earning more than $40,000.
The event was held at St. Louis Skeet and Trap Club in Pacific, Missouri, and is called Big League Blast. It is run along with Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s non-profit, Big League Impact, in which Kyle is vice president.
This year’s event helped non-profits, such as Grace’s Place, an emergency youth shelter in Washington.
This year’s Big League Blast was attended by former Phillies pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Texas Rangers pitcher Spenser Patton, Phillies pitcher Sam Coonrod and former Cardinal and broadcaster Brad Thompson.
Throughout the course of his time as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Gibson pledged a donation to Craddles to Crayons in Philadelphia for every regular season win. For every strikeout he recorded as a member of the Phillies, he donated to Philabundance.
Gibson will now bring his talents to Baltimore, but you can be sure that when the offseason rolls around, he and his wife will be gathering once again to help those in need.
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