Carlos Pena takes kids on a shopping spree
On the grand scale of things, an hour isn’t a lot of time. For 30 kids from the Humble Baseball Association that one hour that Carlos Pena, Lucas Harrell, Tyler Greene and Brandon Backe spent with them were 60 minutes that will last a lifetime.
“Oh my goodness, it is awesome,” Humble Baseball Association board member Sarah Wooley said. “And the kids, they idolize these guys. So, to the kids this is their dream, ‘I want to be a pro player.’ They can spend some time with a pro player and see that they’re human beings too.”
“It was great to come out and spend some time with the kids,” Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell said. “It’s good to be out and be amongst the fans. It’s great to do that.”
As part of the Astros CAREavan the players each took a group of kids, chosen from the various little leagues in the Association based on need, on a shopping spree at Academy. Each youngster was given a $100 gift card to load up on baseball equipment for the upcoming season. With so many things to choose from it took some work to keep everyone together.
“Everybody was excited. It was an opportunity to get the coolest, the latest stuff. For a kids that’s awesome,” Greene said. “I was just trying to keep the kids together. I have a three year old myself and just one is tough trying to keep in line. Six or seven together, I was just trying to make sure we all stayed together and we all had a good time.”
The kids went through it all from cleats to bats to gloves and helmets, and the players helped through it all with a smile. The CAREavan was designed to build a bond with between the team and the community, in that one hour four Astros helped create one with 30 families that will never go away.
“They took their personal time to come out and spend time with these kids says a lot about them. They’re awesome.”