Carlos Martinez Is A Real MVP: He Treated 45 Dominican Workers To A Cardinals Game
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez loves to go to Six Flags St. Louis. During a recent trip to Six Flags, the 25-year-old pelotero ran into several Dominicans who work at the theme park. Apparently, the workers love him as much as he loves Six Flags, so the pro-baller did what anyone with access to a ballpark would do: he invited all of them to a free game. Martinez paid for 45 tickets to yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds (the Cardinals won 8 – 2). Maybe Martinez’s guests had something to do with that big win.
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“I went to Six Flags with my kids for a day and, since [the workers] are Dominican, they recognized me and approached me for a picture,” Martinez told MLB.com. “Then they got talking about their situation, talking about how they’re here working and that it’s been a hard adjustment. I am so used to helping with charities that it really touched me, especially since they were from the Dominican. They had never been to St. Louis. They had never been to a Cardinals game. So I wanted to help them and welcome them into the city and gift them these tickets.”
MLB.com reports that some of them had never been to a baseball game.
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“I really like giving back to the community and back to the kids I see myself reflected in,” Martinez told MLB.com. “Because when I was in that position or even when I was growing up, I had no one that mentored me, much less anyone that invited me to a big league game, not even in the Dominican League. God has put me in the position to be able to help and give back to the community.”