BERKELEY, MO. (KTVI) – The Cardinals Care Foundation named its newest youth ball field after Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter. The City of Berkeley ended years of being without a baseball diamond, while little girls were ready to hit the mound and break old gender roles.
“It’s like back in the day when little kids used to play baseball,” said Xavier Windom, a student at Airport Elementary School.
“I want to be the pitcher,” classmate Damonte Taylor smiled. “Because, I’m a good thrower.”
So just walking distance from the school, the Cardinals Care Foundation spent Wednesday morning naming its 20th youth ball field. The wind had already unveiled the solar-powered scoreboard. Cards announcer Dan McLaughlin counted down to a round of applause.
“3… 2… 1,” the crowd cheered and turned toward the outfield. The board read, “Chris Carpenter Field”.