Reggie Abercrombie; HR King & a real gentleman…by Chuck Duboff

 

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Reggie Abercrombie, GM Andrew Collier, the skipper Rick Forney.

© Chuck Duboff

It’s often been said that to get to know a man, ask others for their thoughts about that individual.  I asked several people to share with me their impressions of Reggie Abercrombie:

Dan Perron, bullpen catcher for the Goldeyes:

“…Reggie is a class act.  He is more than a teammate, but an older brother to us all.  He keeps it light in the clubhouse and makes coming  to the ballpark fun.  He is a humble individual.  Not only does he take care of teammates, but also goes out of his way to help others when he can.  If that means visiting schools, doing camps with kids or visiting sick kids, he always does his best to make everyone smile.”

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Reggie making friends with a young fan at Children’s Hospital.

Steve Schuster, Winnipeg Goldeyes radio broadcaster:

“Reggie is arguably the best player in American Association history, but I’ll always think of him as a great person first.  He never has anything bad to say about anyone, and would give you the shirt off his back to help you out.  Earlier this season, Reggie let me borrow his iPad for two full days just so that I could watch a movie.  That’s all you really need to know about his generosity.”

Don Beto Czm, Goldeyes fan and baseball fan who watches Reggie play ball in the Mexican Leagues in the Winter.  Don resides in Cozumel, Mexico:

“The world needs more Reggie Abercrombies.”

Ben; earlier this season Reggie took the time after a game to bring a bat out to Ben.

“Reggie is my friend, so I have to make him a birthday card”

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The HR King taking the time after a game to meet one of his fans!!

When I sat down to write this blog, its focus was going to be on the fact that Reggie is now the HF KIng of the American Association of Baseball.  As you can tell from the quotes, Reggie is more than that.  He is a true gentleman, a class act, who thinks of team mates, fans, others first.

I’m always in awe speaking with Reggie.  He’s a former Major Leaguer who was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  After a trade, he was dealt to the Miami Marlins where he played with players like Hanley Ramirez, Dan Ugla, Josh Johnson and many more.  On April 19, 2006, playing against the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ballpark, Reggie hit a home run that measured 486 feet!!!!!!  “My biggest HR was getting one off of Roger Clemens, a Hall of Famer.” Reggie played in the show and the baseball fan in me loves watching him play ball.

As others have said, Reggie played in the Majors, yet, when you speak with him, when you watch him play ball, he never showboats.  My measuring stick is that even when he hits a simple ground ball to shortstop, a sure out, Reggie runs it out all the way to the bag.  He respects the game and the fans and his teammates.

Reggie Abercrombie: “my mom is my role model, it’s a blessing that she’s here to see it.”

I’ll say this Reggie, your mama raised a fine young man.  You’re both the Home Run KIng and a real gentleman.

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2 thoughts on “Reggie Abercrombie; HR King & a real gentleman…by Chuck Duboff

  1. What an excellent report on such a super nice person, plus Reggie was and is a darn good ball player as well. Watching him hit home runs 87 and then the record 88th. to become the American Association baseball league HR leader was so very special but what was even better was the fact that his Mom was at the game and saw her son accomplish this fete in person, what a thrill that must have been.

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