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Cuddyer, Wright honored at Norfolk Sports Club Jamboree

Cuddyer, Wright honored at Norfolk Sports Club Jamboree


THE STARS WERE OUT DOWNTOWN TONIGHT, AS MANY OF OUR AREA’S TOP SPORTS STARS WERE HONORED BY LOCAL FANS AT THE 74TH ANNUAL NORFOLK SPORTS CLUB JAMBOREE. I’M BRUCE RADER, WELCOME TO THE SPORTSWRAP LIVE ON THIS TUESDAY NIGHT. HICKORY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE DAVID WRIGHT, HAS FORGOTTEN WHERE HE CAME FROM. THE LONG TIME METS CAPTAIN WHO RETIRED FROM BASEBALL LAST FALL, HAS RAISED OVER A MILLION DOLLARS FOR OUR GREAT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, AND TONIGHT HE WAS HONORED BY A FULL HOUSE OF LOCAL SPORTS FANS. THE METS ALL-TIME LEADER IN HITS AND RBI’S SECOND IN HOME RUNS TO DARRYL STRAWBERRY, SAW HIS CAREER CUT SHORT AFTER A BACK INJURY EIGHT YEARS AGO. HE OFFICIALLY RETIRED AT 3RD BASE AGAINST THE MARLINS ON SEPTEMBER 29TH AND NOW SPENDS TIME WITH HIS WIFE MOLLY, AND TWO LITTLE GIRLS. AND TONIGHT HE CAME HOME TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED. “IT’ JUST SO MANY FAMILIAR FRIENDLY FACES THAT I’VE SEEN ALREADY HERE, BEING BACK HOME FOR A COUPLE WEEKS. AND HERE TONIGHT AT THE EVENT, SO MANY FORMER COACHES AND PEOPLE TAHT WERE SO INFLUENTIAL IN MY BASEBALL CAREER. NOT JUST AS AN AMATEUR, BUT THROUGHOUT THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS, INTO THE BIG LEAGUES. I STILL LEANED ON SOME OF THESE COACHES FOR ADVICE. JUST GRATEFUL TO BE BACK, I”M GRATEFUL TO BE HERE TONIGHT. I RECEIVED AN AWARD FROM THE NORFOLK SPORTS CLUB WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. SO, TO KIND OF COME FULL CIRCLE, PRETTY SPECIAL. ” ANOTHER CHESAPEAKE RESIDENT, AND FORMER ALL-STAR MICHAEL CUDDYER A GRADUATE OF GREAT BRIDGE HIGH IN CHESAPEAKE, SHARED THE CLUB’S LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD WITH HIS BUDDY DAVID. A GREAT LEADER ON AND OFF THE FIELD, HE UNEXPECTEDLY RETIRED WHEN HE WAS ONLY 36, AFTER SUFFERING SEVERAL INJURIES AS WELL. HE AND HIS WIFE CLAUDA AND THEIR CHILDRED LIVE IN CHESAPEAKE AND ARE VERY ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY. “YEAH IT’S GREAT TO BE RECOGNIZED AND TO BE HONORED, BUT IT GOES BEYOND THAT. IT GOES TO THE PEOPLE THAT HELPED ME ACHIEVE WHAT I HAVE ACHIEVED IN MY LIFE AND IN MY CAREER, AND HOPE TO ACHIEVE POST-BASEBALL. I THINK THE LESSONS AND THE STORIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD TO ME FROM THIS COMMUNITY IS GOING TO HELP ME IN THAT, BEING ABLE TO GIVE BACK IN MY LIFE AFTER BASEBALL.” AND HOW ABOUT THIS, VIRGINIA WESLEYAN SENIOR HANNA HULL, BECAME THE FIRST NON-DIVISION ATHLETE TO BE HONORED WITH THE GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR MEMORIAL AWARD GIVEN TO THE TOP COLLEGE ATHLETE WHO ATTENDED A VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL. SHE PITCHED THE MARLINS TO TWO STRAIGHT NCAA SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND TO THE SUPER REGIONAL THIS SEASON. “HONESTLY THE FIRST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THE LIST OF PAST RECIPIENTS, AND AS SOON AS I DID THAT, I WAS LIKE THERE’S NO WAY. BEFORE ME, I JUST CAN’T BEGIN TO SAY HOW THANKFUL I AM, AND HONORED. ”

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