Reporting Mike Schuh
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After years of embarrassing episodes with high profile ball players, Major League Baseball has come out supporting anti-steroid education. As Mike Schuh reports, their efforts were display at Camden Yards Tuesday.
“Yeah it’s pretty exciting to see their faces light up to actually be on a major league field,” said Richie Bancells, Orioles trainer.
The idea is to lure them in to run around on the field. Then hit them with the real message.
“We want them to hear it from pro atheletes,” said Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC Drug Free. “Because that’s who they respect.”
The kids are smart, they get the message. They understand why adults want celebrities to speak to them.
“It depends on who you’re talking to,” said 12-year-old Jacob Tebben. “Me? No matter, but some people will say that’s a big famous guy…he say no do it, I’m not going to do it.”
This is the eighth year for the program and they expect to do it again next year.
Similar meetings were happening at all 30 Major League Ballparks.