Some Beavers Visit Kids In Hospital
By Abe Winter
For OSU sports information
OMAHA, Neb. - A few of the big, strong and healthy athletes who play baseball at Oregon State made quite an impression Saturday morning on several families who have suffered misfortune.
Players Erik Ammon, Blake Keitzman and Braden Wells joined coach Pat Casey and Ron Northcutt, OSU's director of baseball operations, in a visit to the Pediatrics Unit of Nebraska Medical Center.
Forget that it was eight hours before the start of the championship series between the Beavers, the 2006 champions, and
Rather, the players had their photo taken with a 7-year-old girl from
Her father is by her side after she had received a multiple transplant. He was grateful for the visit as his daughter slept.
The OSU contingent visited a 7-year-old boy from
They talked baseball with a 13-year-old
They sang "Happy Birthday" to a 3-year-old boy whose family is moving from
They talked to thankful parents of infants who are hospitalized and visited with the mother and older sister of a 3-year-old girl from
And they talked serious baseball, hoping it wasn't an NCAA violation, with 15-year-old Brendan Spongberg. He was in
"I want to be there tonight," he told the OSU visitors. "I want you to repeat."
Casey suggested he stay in bed, get some rest and cheer while watching on TV.
It proved to be an emotional trip for Casey and his players.
"I hope they realize how fortunate we are," Casey said.
“Definitely, without a doubt," said Ammon, a junior catcher from