The West Virginia Mountaineers baseball team is in Oklahoma this week to play in their first ever Big XII Tournament in Oklahoma City. They expected the beginning of this week to be an uneventful, routine preparation for the start of play on Wednesday. What they encountered is far from routine.
Tornados tore through the state of Oklahoma on Monday, killing a reported 91 people in the Moore, OK area, just outside of Oklahoma City where the Mountaineers were preparing for their game with the Kansas Jayhawks.
Seeing the devastation that occurred in the local area, the team felt compelled to help in anyway they could. Coach Mazey and his players decided to pool together and go to the local Walmart to buy clothes and household supplies for the family who were adversely affected by the devastating twisters.
WVU designated hitter Matt Frazier recorded a YouTube video where he shows the team purchasing merchandise for the tornado victims and asking his teammates and coaches thoughts on the matter.
The video is simple, but really conveys the teams sense of duty to a Big XII community in need.
You can view that video here.
Stories like this can never get enough recognition. It is always inspirational to see a team that shows just as much compassion for their fellow man as they do for the game they love. Kudos to coach Mazey and his players for their relief effort.