Beyond the Foul Lines: Salt Lake Bees in the Community
June 9th, 2012
In an age when the news media is filled with stories of the mega-million dollar lifestyles enjoyed by the superstars featured on ESPN, it's easy to forget that the vast majority of professional baseball players get by on a much lower standard of living. And yet, most professional ballplayers, even those playing at the lowest levels of the minor leagues, confess to feeling blessed by the privilege of making a living playing baseball. Unlike their MLB counterparts, minor league ballplayers do not receive a penny in royalties or fees from MiLB-licensed memorabilia. For the most part, they're still happy to sign photos, cards, and jerseys. Many happily volunteer for promotional events such as public appearances, community events, and kids' clinics. And others use their celebrity to reach out to at-risk or disabled youth. Every year, Salt Lake Bees players volunteer to make a number of visits. These are some of my favorite "sports stories."