MLB Press Release
Cardinals legend and 1985 National League Most Valuable Player Willie McGee to throw Game Three's ceremonial first pitch
MLB and the Cardinals to Show Special Tribute Video for Hall of Famer Stan Musial During Pre-Game Festivities at Busch Stadium. Colbie Caillat to Perform National Anthem. Community Events Scheduled in St. Louis To Commemorate Game's Dedication to MLB's Youth Initiatives. The Winner of the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet Will be Announced in a Pre-Game Press Conference.
St. Louis Cardinals Legend and the 1985 National League Most Valuable Player Willie McGee will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of Game Three at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat will perform the National Anthem. Prior to the game, MLB will host a Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Scouting Showcase featuring professional and collegiate scouts, as well as a Wanna Play? clinic for younger RBI participants. Additionally, Sharon Robinson, MLB Educational Programming Consultant and the daughter of Jackie Robinson, will read her book, Jackie Robinson: American Hero, to young students at the Downtown Library in St. Louis as an extension of the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program. Game Three is dedicated Major League Baseball's these youth initiatives for those in underserved communities. Game Three airs on Saturday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
TRIBUTE TO 'STAN THE MAN': There will be a special video shown prior to player introductions during pre-game festivities at Busch Stadium as a tribute to Legendary Cardinals Slugger and Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
FIRST PITCH CEREMONY: Prior to the ceremonial first pitch, which will be thrown Cardinals Legend and 1985 National League Most Valuable Player Willie McGee, four Hall of Famers will be introduced to the crowd: Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Ozzie Smith and Red Schoendienst.
PERFORMANCES: Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" became one of the best-selling digital tracks of all time. Her second album BREAKTHROUGH debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart and was honored with two Grammy nominations; that same year, Colbie won two Grammys for her collaborations with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift. Her most recent studio album ALL OF YOU netted Caillat her sixth platinum single in "Brighter Than the Sun." "Hold On," which was co-written and produced by Ryan Tedder, will be the first single from a new studio album due out next year.
REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES (RBI) EVENTS: MLB will host a Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Scouting Showcase, the first-ever held during the World Series, for 35 RBI players, ages 14 to 18, that have professional or NCAA Division I or II talent potential. The Showcase event is being administered by the MLB Scouting Bureau, and allows the players to be evaluated by college and professional scouts. Earlier in the day, MLB will host a younger group of RBI participants (ages 5 to 13) in a "Wanna Play?" event and clinic. Both events will be held at the Mathews Dickey Boys & Girls Club's James 'Cool Papa' Bell Stadium in St. Louis.
The RBI program is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people (ages 5 to 18) from underserved and diverse communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, to encourage excellence and achievement in education, and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. In 2013, the RBI program served more than 215,000 young people in over 300 programs from approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information, please visit MLB.com/RBI.
2013 RBI WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS: Several members from the championship teams of the 2013 RBI World Series will attend that day's community events and will be recognized on the field in a pre-game ceremony. Teams include Harrisburg RBI (Harrisburg, PA; Senior Baseball Champions), Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI (Venice, CA; Junior Baseball Champions), and RBI Atlanta (Atlanta, GA; Softball Champions). The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the RBI program.
HEAD & SHOULDERS SUPPORT OF THE RBI PROGRAM: Head & Shoulders, the Official Shampoo of Major League Baseball, will present the RBI program with a donation of $141,710, which is the resulting figure from their 2013 MLB "Season of the #Whiff" Twitter program. This total includes the program launch donation of $5,000 to Angels RBI and a commitment to the national RBI program of a dollar for each of the 36,710 strikeouts throughout the 2013 Championship Season. Additionally, $90,000 has gone to local RBI leagues of Clubs that won the season-long and monthly Twitter competitions. As a finale to this exciting season, a pending $10,000 donation is currently up for grabs between local RBI leagues of the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. To earn this donation for their local RBI leagues, Red Sox and Cardinals fans should tweet #whiff along with their Club's Twitter handle (@RedSox & @Cardinals) for every strikeout throughout the World Series. Additional details can be found by following @HSforMen on Twitter.
SHARON ROBINSON VISITING LOCAL LIBRARY: As an extension of the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program, Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, Author, MLB Educational Programming Consultant, will read portions of her latest book Jackie Robinson: American Hero to a group of youngsters from the St. Louis Cardinals Redbird Rookies program at the Central Library in Downtown St. Louis. Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is an education and essay writing-based program developed by MLB, Sharon Robinson (MLB Educational Programming Consultant and daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson), and Scholastic to educate students in grades four through nine about Jackie Robinson. The students learn and write about Jackie's life values and how they can apply them to overcoming obstacles or barriers in their own lives.
2013 ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD PRESENTED BY CHEVROLET: The winner of the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced in a press conference and honored on-field before Game Three. The annual Award recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
FIRST-BALL DELIVERY: Kiana Knolland, 18, will deliver the first-ball to the mound with Cardinals Legend and 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein. Knolland, who is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas in Wichita, is a freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C.