posted on April 25, 2014 12:21
In solidarity with their parent club Miami Marlins, the Batavia Muckdogs are honoring a young Florida boy who lost his life too soon.
Two members of the Batavia Muckdogs front office took a picture with a bright and happy drawing of Mr. Awesome and posted it to Twitter Friday. The self-portrait was drawn by 6-year-old Calder Sloan several days before he died in a tragic accident in his family pool. While he was swimming under supervision, he was electrocuted by a faulty pool light.
Assistant General Manager Mike Ewing says Batavia resident and Muckdogs fan Russ Salway brought it to the team’s attention and they agreed it would be a good way to keep Calder’s legacy alive in showcasing the spirit he had, helping the portrait spread through social media.
“Us being the affiliates of the Miami Marlins,” he said, “we thought by us putting that out on social media and us passing that to the Marlins, that could kind of tie in through the Florida area and also get the Marlins to kind of jump on board and really spread the word to an even bigger base than we’re able to reach here in Batavia.”
His father, Chris Sloan, appeared on NewsNation with Tamron Hall on MSNBC this week to bring safety awareness.
“The real thing that’s important was knowing we want to raise money for his school because that’s where he loved to be and they made a quality guy out of him even more so, but this is such a freak, tragic thing, we just wanted his short time to stand for something, so our son is changing the world like was promised, we just never would have wanted him to change it this way,” he said.