Maybe you’ll get a chance to see Chris Dickerson (bio on MLB.com linked here) play for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night on the MLB Extra Innings package against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The left-handed hitting Dickerson, out of Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, won’t usually start against the left-handed pitching Ted Lilly — that’s just the method Reds manager Dusty Baker has been using so far this season.
But if he gets in, check out the green-laced special Rawlings glove, or the green-stamped Max bat that Dickerson plans to use. It’s not just for looks.
It supports his non-profit company, WePlayGreen.org. And one of the goals, along with raising awareness of Earth Day being every day, is to have a major-league game where players on both sides wear green uniforms — and it’s not a St. Patrick’s Day exhibition game. The idea of a color-themed day has already been introduced with pink on Breast Cancer Awareness Day — usually on Mother’s Day. A green day baseball game, either on Earth Day or another designed day, is easier to implement now on the minor-league level, said WePlayGreen.org VP of corporate development Jennifer Corace .
In other words, it’s not that easy being green on the big-league level. But as long as players like Dickerson can get friends like Ryan Braun, the Cassel family and, most recently, Russell Martin and Joe Mauer, the future looks greener. Read more about it Wednedsay morning.
== A story on Dickerson posted on MLB.com last November (linked here)
== Another MLB.com story on him when he was at Louisville in Triple A last July (linked here)
== Catch a little of Dickerson’s personality here: