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Molina charity softball benefit to feature Cardinals stars

Many people think “spring break” or NASCAR racing when the city of Daytona Beach is mentioned. This Saturday and Sunday, however, the popular Florida area will be hosting a 16-team slow pitch softball tournament with a very unique grand prize awarded the following weekend.

The winner of the amateur competition, called “Brawl at the Beach” will get to face a team of Major League Baseball players in a charity softball game on Saturday, December 8.

The big winner will be the needy as proceeds from the tournament, charity softball game and a Friday night home run derby will benefit St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina‘s Foundation 4, a charitable foundation that supports various causes.

Scheduled to join Molina and his catching brothers Bengie and Jose in the charity game are a host of his Cardinals teammates. They include outfielder Carlos Beltran, shortstop Rafael Furcal, closer Jason Motte, outfielder Jon Jay and catcher Tony Cruz, according to tournament director Danny Acosta as quoted in the Daytona News-Journal. Acosta specifically noted that Albert Pujols had to cancel out as he has not been approved to play following October knee surgery.

Tickets are available through the Daytona Cubs website.

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20 Responses to “Molina charity softball benefit to feature Cardinals stars”

  1. blingboy says:

    Maybe Brian can have his Daytona correspondent let us know if Furcal has any zip on his throws.

  2. blingboy says:

    I noticed a new picture atop one of Joe Strauss’s columns. Kinder, gentler?

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Last winter, owing to Brian’s dogged reporting, we learned about Tres Amigos: Molina, Pujols, and Raffy, getting together to support a socially worthy cause within the Dominican Republic. Its nice to hear about wealthy men, as these three are, stepping up and contributing to the betterment of others.

    This winter, its much easier for Brian to report on their continued socially worthy doings. They are holding a worthy event within Florida! Yadier and Raffy, now joined by Carlos, Tony, Jason, and Jon! Albert was unable to join, owing to recuperation. What a great bunch of guys.

  4. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    More off shore intrigue …………………………….. This raises an interesting issue……. will Pujols be allowed to finally play in the world classic? How about Yadi ……… Would the early start up be good for Lance Lynn? It seems that these big contracts may show a few “wrinkles”……….. I enjoyed the Dead Spin response to the Freese situation……… like who gives a flying Flop…….. notice that the Cards announced that they will negotiate after the Winter Meetings……… Freese and Motte are up for extensions …… the Cardinal PR apparatus keeps up the pressure on David……… what these guys won’t do for a buck……..

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Did Freese swerve to avoid a buck or a dough?

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Excellent Jumbo…………….

        “One more thing,” Fermin said at the end of the interview. “I want you to tell everybody there that he’s going to be in the big leagues within two years. He’ll be an everyday player in the big leagues. That’s what people there should know.”

        Derek is in the new job………… and he is taking his new “assignment’ seriously……

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Freese was lucky. He must have been speeding, plus fallen asleep at the wheel, given the strange path of the vehicle. But he’s a local hero, nobody got hurt, and the damage can be repaired, so the police did the right thing and wrote up the strange driving as deer evasion.

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      I doubt Freese signs a contract for more than one year this winter.

      • Brian Walton says:

        What is your thinking, please?

        • CariocaCardinal says:

          He is first year arb eligible. how often do Cards enter in to a multi year contract with a first yr arb eligible position player? I’ll add to that the Cards seem to have an aversion to players with character questions. That also might give them pause before signing a multi year deal with Freese. 3rd, Westie has all but predicted Freese will get a multi year deal so I ‘d say it is a safe bet he wont :)

          • Brian Walton says:

            Wasn’t the most recent one – Jaime – done at that time? Granted, he is a pitcher, rather than a position player, but in this context, I don’t understand the difference.

            Anyway, I am not arguing as much as I am curious. Freese might be more tradeable with future years locked in. I am not suggesting he is on the block, but depending on who develops when, it could be an option down the road.

            • crdswmn says:

              With all the scrutiny that David Freese is under in St. Louis now, trading him might be better for him in the long run. There are like 3 or 4 threads on 2 PD forums about David Freese’s car accident, and people just won’t let it alone. Bernie M even chimed in and suggested that Freese needed to live somewhere else because his life is changed in St. Louis forever. The scrutiny about his every move is embarrassing in its intensity.

              I don’t want to see him traded, but it may be inevitable. So I agree giving him a longer term contract would at least be in his best interests, if not the team’s.

              • Brian Walton says:

                I did not see the column in which it was suggested that Freese move, but it seems to me like it has a major exposure – the loss of his support network. What would a good-looking wealthy single guy do with his time if he moved to Florida or California, for example?

                • crdswmn says:

                  Bernie didn’t suggest it in a column. It was in a post he made in one of the David Freese threads in Bernie’s Press Box.

                  I don’t doubt a good looking wealthy single guy would have any trouble making friends anywhere he lived.

                  • JumboShrimp says:

                    There is about zero chance of Mo trading Freese. We need a 3rd baseman and Freese is not costly. Why on earth would we trade him? Freese can chase deer with his SUV to his heart’s conetnt, but it will not get him traded. Go David Go!

  5. Nutlaw says:

    Okay, I’ll say it: It would be nice if the Cardinals were less clique-ish. I hope that Motte speaks Spanish.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Nutlaw, Motte routinely pitches to Molina, born in a US territory. They confer between innings. They have mound conferences. They seem able to communicate, all season. No surprise, a great number of people from the US island can speak English.
      In the off season, Jason supports his friend’s good cause. However, you think the worthy cause is a “clique” and now worry if Jason can speak Spanish, whereas you did not worry about languages, back when it mattered, during games.
      Maybe it troubles you Spanish speaking players get together in the off season, even for socially admirable reasons. When Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay get together in the off season or when Freese gets together with his car, their meetings are not clique-ish, since nobody is speaking a language other than English?

      • Nutlaw says:

        Hey, getting together is great. A little more intermingling would be encouraging, yes, during games as well.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          If Spanish speaking players collaborate, on their own time, on behalf of a worthy cause, plus also include some white and black team-mates though their participation too is surely not necessary, it is NOT a prima facie cause for concern.

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