On Sunday August 10th, Alex Dawson (SMBA ’15) and Justin Firth (SMBA ’15) volunteered at the Perfect Game All-American Classic held at Petco Park. Justin writes his thoughts following this unique San Diego event.
Perfect Game is the nation’s leading baseball recruiting showcase system which allows high schoolers from across the country to show off their baseball skills, improving their likelihood of getting college offers and being selected in the MLB Draft. This particular event was an all-star game that chose the most elite players from across the country and brought them together to play in front of large crowds and a multitude of MLB scouts. The participants included outfielder Dazmon Cameron (McDonough, GA) and left handed pitcher Justin Hooper (San Ramon, CA), both projected top 5 picks in next year’s MLB player draft.
Fans at the game had the opportunity to come out and get autographs from future MLB stars, watch a Homerun Derby and see the East Team play the West Team in a 9 inning exhibition game. The final score was a 7-0 rout by the East team, highlighted by a combined 2 hitter from the their pitchers.
We helped in running of the event, dealing mostly with the distribution of giveaways for fans entering the stadium. The event was put on with the help of the San Diego Hall of Champions, a multi-sport hall of fame located in Balboa Park, which is very invested in developing sports in San Diego County. They are also the group that organizes the San Diego Padres Reviving Baseball in the Inner City Project (R.B.I.) which helps give underserved youth in San Diego the opportunity to improve their lives through sport.
The event was a large success, with fans coming from across the country to watch the promising prospects fight it out for East-West supremacy. While these players have yet to graduate from high school, the skill and maturity that was on display was something you had to see to believe.