“Baseball has healed me in the past – it has healed a lot of people,” Astros manager Dusty Baker told ABC affiliate KTRK-TV ahead of his team’s game on Thursday against the Royals.
“Hopefully, we can bring some joy into their lives. I can’t imagine. You can say you know how they feel, but you don’t. I just pray to God that Life can go on and they can heal – and I’m glad the Astros are a part of that,” Baker added.
Astros youth players, coaches and organizational members began their visit with Uvalde community members at 11 a.m., nearly two months since 19 children and two adults were killed at the school .
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., ice cream deliveries, promotions, giveaways, and other activities are held, while at Memorial Park a Play Ball baseball event hosted by Academy players and staff Astros Youth Executive. There are also giveaways and lunches provided by Whataburger for game attendees.
From noon to 1 p.m., the organization also led a visit to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Astros mascot, Orbit and cheerleader, Shooting Star, visited and brought gifts and prizes for patients, doctors, and nurses.
Astros owner Jim Crane was seen visiting the memorial at Robb Elementary with members of the Astros Foundation, youth players and cheerleaders.
He told ABC affiliate KTRK-TV that he spent time with the families who lost their loved ones in the shooting at a private brunch and that the Astros plan to bring more family members to a game in Houston in August.
Astro Foundation staff were seen handing out T-shirts, plastic baseball bats, Astro signs and baseball caps in a local park in Uvalde.
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