Brandon Barnes is appreciative of being a major league baseball player. And the Astros center fielder likes to use his position to help others less fortunate.
Barnes has designed and is selling T-shirts to raise awareness on pediatric cancer. Barnes had a younger step brother diagnosed at a young age, who is now cancer free.
“I feel we can touch lives, just reaching out, going to see people in hospitals, supporting the cause,” said Barnes. “Anything we can do I feel I should go out there and do it.
“I feel blessed to have an opportunity to play in the big leagues. So for me to help other people, I feel I can pay back.”
Available for purchase is a T-shirt for men and a woman’s tank top available in gray. On the front of the shirts are praying hands with batting gloves on. The word “Belief” is written on the glove.
“It’s a belief I’ve had through my whole career and my life,” said Barnes.
Proceeds go to pediatric cancer research. To purchase a shirt, visit www.athletesbrand.com.
The shirts went on sale Monday and will be available to purchase for only two weeks. Barnes said the shirts are very soft.
Barnes sent shirts to Oakland’s Seth Smith, Eric Sogard and Brandon Moss. This past weekend Barnes sent over shirts to the Angels’ Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick and C.J. Wilson. Barnes is also getting support from the Astros, including Jarred Cosart, Brett Wallace and Jason Castro.
“They took pictures and they’ve been tweeting it and re-tweeting,” said Barnes. “It’s really helped out a lot. We’re looking for a big outcome. We’re excited about it.”