6/22 Thanks, Tyler
Kudos to Tyler Colvin for spending some time with some Little Leaguers. The coach of the Clarendon Hills (IL) Little League team had planned a field trip to a memorabilia shop in Naperville, IL, on June 14 for an autograph signing Colvin was doing. But because of a scheduling quirk, the Little League team had to play that night which meant no field trip and some very disappointed second-graders.
Colvin was contacted, and agreed to meet with the kids at an ice cream parlor. The Cubs rookie outfielder was only supposed to spend 5-10 minutes, but stayed for about 45 minutes with the 30-35 kids. And the kids chanted “Hail Tyler” and bowed as they do at Wrigley. The parents of the children involved were all so impressed by how classy and down-to-earth Colvin was that they made a $500 donation to PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter, in his name. Colvin loves dogs.
“I already thought highly of him based on the few occasions that my boys and I have met him down in Mesa the past couple of years,” said Jeffrey S., one of the parents, “but the kindness and generosity that he showed last Monday has made him a runaway favorite in our home (and, for that matter, in our town). In a day when true role models – the players who are as exemplary off the field as they are talented on it – seem to be increasingly hard to find in professional sports, it looks to us like the Cubs have a real gem in Tyler.”
– Carrie Muskat