Sacramento River Cats Spread Joy at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – They talked baseball with teenage boys. They threw baseballs in the playroom with siblings of patients. They even held hands with little girls and walked them down the hall.
The Sacramento River Cats made another memorable visit to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Thursday, visiting patients and families throughout the pediatrics unit as part of the summer caravan series. The River Cats stopped in at Sutter Davis Hospital in May to kick off the caravan, visiting patients, employees and guests and patrons who shopped at the hospital’s Davis Farmers Market.
But Thursday was all about the kids.
“We are so grateful to these guys for coming out – on a game day, no less – and spending time with the children and their families,” said Kelly Curry, child life assistant, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “Their visit means so much to everyone – from our youngest patients to the parents and our staff.”
Pitcher Matt Gage and utility player Myles Schroder joined coaches Nestor Rojas and Damon Minor, and River Cats’ mascot, Dinger, as the quartet played and did crafts with children in the pediatrics playroom before visiting patients bedside throughout the hospital.
One patient in particular was extremely excited to see Dinger when the group stopped into the Pediatric Day Unit. Arely squealed and covered her mouth in delight when the mascot walked over to her bedside. She immediately opened her arms to embrace him and wouldn’t let him leave her side. She even accompanied him – hand in hand – as he visited other patients throughout the unit.
Sutter Health has a strong footprint at Raley Field, the home of the Sacramento River Cats. In addition to the summer caravan, Sutter Health sponsors the bike valet, fireworks show, newborn baby photos and the diaper derby at the stadium.
Patrons who visit Raley Field for the first time receive a “first game” button – also sponsored by Sutter Health. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento donated wheelchairs to Raley Field in December for those fans with mobility limitations.