Oct. 30, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona Diamondback outfielder Eric Byrnes and the Arizona Fall League are joining forces to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation on Friday, November 2 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium when the Scottsdale Scorpions face the Phoenix Desert Dogs at 7:05 p.m. ASU head baseball coach Pat Murphy will participate in the pre-game ceremonies as well.
Prior to the 2007 Sun Devil baseball season, Murphy donated $100,000 towards the construction of the Tillman Training Room at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The room will honor Pat and his brother Kevin, who played for Murphy at Arizona State. Murphy wears #42 on his jersey in honor of Tillman, and every member of the ASU baseball team wears a PT*42 patch in memory of Tillman.
A silent auction of an impressive array of sports memorabilia will he held before and during the game. A complimentary Byrnes-autographed baseball will accompany every silent bid award. All proceeds from the silent auction and one-half of the game's gate receipts will be donated to the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Byrnes will be recognized for his fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Pat Tillman Foundation in pre-game ceremonies that will include his ceremonial first pitch.
"Pat Tillman's inspirational life story is well known across America but very personal in our community," offers Fall League Executive Director Steve Cobb. "The Fall League is honored to dedicate the first fund-raiser in its 16-year history to an American icon, Pat Tillman."
Alex Garwood, executive director of the Pat Tillman Foundation, offers, "We're appreciative of the efforts of Major League Baseball, the Arizona Fall League, Eric Byrnes, and the great Frank Robinson. Arizona has continued to embrace Pat and his foundation and that support helps us look forward to the future."
The Pat Tillman Foundation seeks to carry forward the legacy of former Arizona State University and Arizona Cardinals football standout and U.S. Army Ranger by inspiring and supporting young people striving to promote positive change in themselves and the world around them.