The North Bay wildfires forever changed wine country.
The devastating flames left thousands of people homeless, and even more permanently affected by the aftermath. As the rebuilding process continues, it's small moments and gestures that help a community find a sense of normalcy. One of those moments happened on a rainy January morning in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Led by the tandem of Kasey Olenberger and former Giants pitcher Noah Lowry, both current and former MLB players gathered to hold a baseball clinic for children affected by the North Bay willdfires. Kids were treated to free baseball gear, exclusive memorabilia, and 1-on-1 instruction from some of the best baseball players on the planet.
For many, it was a chance to forget about all they had lost to that October blaze. For those more fortunate, this was a way to give back to a region that so badly needed something to smile about.
The youngsters who were there probably won't make it to the big leagues. Many might not even remember the baseball lessons they learned that day. But they will never forget the day that the baseball community took the time to make them feel special.
And while the memories of these awful fires will never leave them, neither will the memory of this wonderful day.
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