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A Baseball for Michael Portugal

05 September 2007  

Sunday, August 12th was a very special day for Michael.  Michael and his Bigs had taken advantage of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters free tickets to meet and greet Tony Clark and watch the Arizona Diamondbacks in action.

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Michael Portugal shows off the baseball he caught at a recent Diamondbacks game. Photo courtesy of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Michael Portugal is a Little Brother with Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS).  He has been matched with Bill and Sandy Duvall for a little over 3 years and Sunday, August 12th was a very special day for Michael.  The three of them had taken advantage of YBBBS free tickets to meet and greet Tony Clark and watch the Arizona Diamondbacks in action.

In the third inning, Michael had just put his glove on when a fly ball came his way. As he stretched to his right, he caught the game ball hit by Mark Reynolds. Michael was shocked and excited all at the same time. He thought he was the luckiest kid in the whole stadium. Even though the Diamondbacks lost this game, 7 – 6 to the Washington Nationals, Michael was the true winner. The audience was in awe. Everyone walked by Michael and congratulated him on his “Great Catch”.

After the game, Michael had to leave his ball at the stadium to get it signed by the player, but received it two weeks later. A relative of Bill, watched the game from home and recorded it, so when Michael watched the game on TV he saw himself catch the ball. Michael said “It was the highest ball out of the whole game, and I caught it."

Michael has another opportunity to meet Tony Clark again on September 9th, 2007 provided by YBBBS. He is going to ask him a few questions like: “What is your shoe size?” and “How many years do you have left to play ball?” He is thrilled about going to a second game and hopes to catch another ball. He is a very excited young man, and thanks YBBBS for all of the opportunities that we provide to him.

To become a Big Brother or to contact the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, please call  928.350.3027 or visit their website, azbigs.org 

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.

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