Day One of AFL Aneurysm Awareness Week

Well, it wasn’t exactly a rip-roaring start to Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week in the Arizona Fall League on Monday, but every little bit helps.

As a reminder, the Joe Niekro Foundation and the Arizona Fall League are working together again this year to raise awareness and funds for research on brain aneurysms. As part of that, we’re counting strikeouts from the pitchers in each of the seven organizations Joe Niekro pitched for over the course of his Major League career. Natalie Niekro, Joe’s daughter and founder of the foundation is donating $36 per strikeout for all K’s from those organizations this week. In addition, the Cubs, Tigers, Twins and Yankees have agreed to make a similar donation for their pitchers’ strikeouts as well.

After Day 1, here’s where we stand:

Tigers — 3
Astros — 2
Cubs — 1
Twins — 1
Total: 7 Ks

Total amount raised: $252 (Niekro donation) + $180 (team donation) =  $432

Pat Urckfitz (Astros) and Brooks Brown (Tigers) are the early individual leaders, each with a pair of punchouts.

And hey, B3 fans… no comments or involvement from my post yesterday? Come on, pick a team to pull for this week. Get in on the act and tell me which team you think will strikeout the most batters and how many  they’ll whiff.
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Star of the Day is a slam dunk from Monday and it’s great because I get to plug our AFLbloggers at the same time. Braves prospect (and blogger) Cory Harrilchak went 4-for-4 on Monday for Phoenix in its 8-6 win against Mesa. The outfielder had three RBIs, two coming on a home run in the second inning. He also scored two runs and stole a base. Harrilchak has gone 13-for-28 (.464) in seven games so far. He’s third in batting average, third in OBP, fourth in SLG and third in OPS. Not a bad start. 

1 Comment

I will donate 10.00 for all K’s, for helping us make awareness, but hopefully I can meet you guys one day…….please, retired Media, and my grandsons (2) would love this to meet you and go to a game……and of course I want to be there tooooooooooooo. When you meet Colby, you will never meet another kid like him, and for Kyle one day he will be a BASE BALL PLAYER, he needs this. As, he wa great playing, and want him back soon……….so you guys help me make this happen. Plus, last time I was on field is when I was Ms Coast Guard in 1970s and flew in by helicopter, and got to pitch a ball, but guess what the ball hit me in the leg and I (didn’t limp off the field) just limped when I got to my seat>>>lol…boy did that hurt….lol…..but left me a GREAT MEMORY…….YOU GUYS ARE SO GREAT……FOR HELPING US TO MAKE AWARNESS, GOD BLESS YOU THE


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