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Lance McCullers: The Hero Houston Deserves On & Off the Field

It’s the World Series, you may be wondering why I’m writing an article about Lance McCullers Jr. (probably a fair question). Everyone knows Lance, the fierce competitor with the devastating curveball, but I wanted to take a moment to recognize Lance for a whole different element, what he’s done for the Astros community.

Oakland Athletics v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

On May 18th, 2015 the Astros got a new hero, making his major league debut donning the legendary Batman cleats. And while the Astros got a new hero on the field, they also got one off the field.

Lance and his wife Kara share a passion for animal rescue and created the Lance McCullers foundation (link to get involved), with a message of:

“The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Lance and his family to invest, bring awareness, and create programs aimed at advocates for stray and homeless animals across the country. The goal is to support shelters and programs that promote pet adoptions and continue on the journey to make Houston a no-kill city.”

I decided to donate the proceeds of my writing for SBNation on the World Series to Lance’s Charity, it’s not much, but I figured every bit helps.

But he’s done so much more for Houston and the fans of the Astros than that. Quite a few people on here will remember Chloe, an 8-year old girl who was yelled at for cheering too much at an Astros game.

Lance went way above and beyond. He not only got tickets for her for the ALDS, but brought Chloe to meet with her favorite team! You can read more about the full story here

Again, none of this is news, so you may still be wondering why I decided to write this article today? Well, as you guys know, the ALCS was a rough series for Astros fans in New York. Personally, I had a beer bottle thrown at me for just wearing an Astros jersey walking the street (I do caution, that the people getting carried away are still the minority and the vast majority of their fans are great people). Here’s an edited (I think you’ll appreciate it) example of some of the treatment:

So what does Lance do? He went and found fans that were abused - or rooting hard for Houston in hostile territory, and makes it right:

And another:

And there are so many more examples of Lance going way above and beyond:

I’m sure there are tons of other examples, but in a world where negativity is everywhere, it’s refreshing to have a player like Lance.

Here is a GREAT video made by (@VinoNStrosGal) who makes a lot of great Astros hype videos

With him out for the post season, he’s the silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.