Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Baseball Slugger Is a Hit with the Kids

Michael Cuddyer reads to students at Barrett's library night. (Click to enlarge the image.)

Minnesota Twins slugger Michael Cuddyer read books, answered questions and signed autographs at K.W. Barrett Elementary School’s Library Night Tuesday, Dec. 16.

His message to the kids: stay in school and do what you love. He said it was very important to stay in school and get good grades so they could go to college, maybe even get a scholarship offer from a school as he did.

One child, no doubt a budding journalist, asked if he actually went to college.

Well, no, Mr. Cuddyer answered, but having a scholarship offer from Florida State University allowed him to negotiate a better contract with the Twins, which includes tuition coverage for him whenever his baseball career ends. His current contract is $24 million over three years.

Each student made "baseball card" about themselves which Mr. Cuddyer signed.

He is the brother-in-law to Barrett Kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Rente. Mr. Cuddyer (pronounced Cuddy-er) arrived with his wife Claudia and their infant son.

This post was modified to reflect the correction found in the comment. --ST

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Thanks for writing such a nice article about Michael! I just wanted to clarify though that he actually has an infant son, not daugther :) Happy holidays!

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