Buddy Baseball Tampa – Fox 13 interviews Executive Director


FIRST, THOUGH, LET’S CHECK IN WITH CHARLEY BELCHER. HE’S BACK. HOW ARE YOU DOING, MAN?>>Charley: I AM FANTASTIC BECAUSE OF WHERE I AM AND WHO I’M HANGING OUT WITH. WHO IS READY FOR SOME BUDDY BAS BASEBALL? YEAH! GREAT BUNCH OF KIDS RIGHT HERE. WE WERE HERE IN JULY AND GOT RAINED ON AND WE SAID, DO YOU KNOW WHAT? WE’RE GOING TO COME BACK WHERE WE CAN SPEND ALL MORNING AND TELL EVERYBODY WHAT A GREAT ORGANIZATION BUDDY BASEBALL IS HERE. WE HAVE OUR PLAYERS, OUR BUDDIES, PARENTS OVER THERE IN THE STANDS AND WE’VE GOT PAPARAZZI RIGHT HERE BEHIND US. LOOK AT THEM ALL TAKING PICTURES. IT IS GOING TO BE A “GOOD DAY.” DON’T GO ANYWHERE. STAY TUNED. YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW ALL ABOUT BUDDY B F ONLY WE COULD END EARLY.>>Charley: I COULD HAVE GOTTEN MORE SLEEP. YEAH. FROM FOOTBALL TO BASEBALL, THIS IS BUDDY BASEBALL AND YOU SEE THE SMILE ON MATT’S FACE THERE. HE TAKES THE HELMET OFF TO RUN TO FIRST. THOSE SMILES, THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. STICK AROUND, EVERYBODY. WE’RE HAVING A “GOOD DAY” IN TEMPLE TERRACE WITH>>Charley: NUMBER 24 IS UP TO BAT HERE. HERE COMES THE PITCH. OH, IT’S A SWING AND NOT QUITE BUT CLOSE. “GOOD DAY.” I’M CHARLEY BELCHER COMING TO YOU FROM TEMPLE TERRACE THIS MORNING, HANGING OUT WITH RUSS AND BUDDY BASEBALL. WE GOT RAINED OUT FOR SOME OF THE MORNING, TOO. THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO SPEND AN ENTIRE MORNING WITH YOU SO KIDS ARE OUT FOR CHRISTMAS VACATION NOW.>>WE’RE TAKING OFF TWO WEEKS BUT START OUT IN FEBRUARY.>>Charley: IT’S A GOOD TIME TO GET KIDS TOGETHER. WHAT IS BUDDY BASE YOU WILL? WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?>>IT’S A BASEBALL PROGRAM FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. THEY DON’T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY ON THE BASEBALL TEAM LIKE THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS BUT NOW THEY DO BECAUSE THERE’S A BUDDY TO HELP THEM.>>Charley: BIG HIT BY THE BIG DOG. HE’S ROUNDING FIRST. IT WAS A HOME RUN.>>OH, YEAH.>>Charley: IF THE BALL REACHES THE GRASS ON ITS OWN, IT’S A HOME RUN IN BUDDY BASEBALL. SORRY. IT WAS SO EXCITING THERE, RUSS. I LOVE IT. LOOK AT THAT. LOOK AT THAT HUSTLE. I LOVE THAT. AND THE SMILE ON HIS FACE, THAT IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. LOOK AT THAT. THAT WAS ON LIVE TV! THAT’S A HOME RUN ON LIVE TELEVISION! WELL DONE >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>Charley: LOOK AT THAT. AND RUSS, THAT REALLY IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. SEEING THE KIDS GET EXCITED. WHO DOESN’T WANT TO HIT A HOME RUN?>>AND THE KIDS HIT THE BALL. THAT’S A BIG DEAL. IF IT’S A FOUL BALL, IT’S A FAIR BALL TO THEM. THEY’RE HAVING A GOOD TIME.>>Charley: IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED, BEST WAY TO DO IT?>>BUDDY BASEBALL.ORG. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FROM NOW TO JANUARY 6 AND THE SEASON STARTS THE END OF FEBRUARY.>>Charley: WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A “GOOD DAY” BECAUSE HANGING OUT WITH BUDDY BASEBALL FOLKS, IT’S SO REWARDING. IT WILL BE FUN. SO COME ON OUT HERE. I SEE YOU LOOKING. I SEE YOU LOOKING LIKE CAN I BE ON TV? SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A “GOOD DAY.” PLAY A LITTLE BASEBALL AND HAVE A LITTLE FUN. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?>>Laura: TELL HER WE SAID HI. WAS IT JACK? CONGRATULATIONS ON THE HOME RUN.>>Charley: BIG DOG. HE’S KNOWN AS BIG DOG.>>Russell: YOU KNOW I LOVE THE BUDDY

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