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Major League Baseball umpires show their softer side

July 2, 2007


Forget the Cubbie Bears. Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires prefer to give cheer with teddy bears. For the first time, BLUE for Kids--a non-profit organization founded by MLB umpires--brings its Big League BLUE Reach program to Chicago.

Through the program, umpires visit seriously ill children in hospitals around the country. Along with words of encouragement, they give each patient a Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffed animal.


Umpire Ted Barrett
Umpire Angel Hernandez


Tuesday, July 3, at 10 a.m.


University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue

For more information about the program go to To meet the umpires at Comer Children's Hospital, please contact Theresa Carson, University of Chicago Medical Center, at (773) 702-6241.

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