San Francisco Giants Jeremy Affeldt spoke at this year’s Chico Nuts American Legion Fundraiser Dinner that happened on March 4th at the Manzanita Place in Chico. Every year this event is held to benefit the American Legion program, and this year over 560 people showed up to take part in the festivities. After speaking with the crowd, Affeldt also stuck around to sign some autographs and meet with several of his fans and baseball enthusiasts. The American Legion holds a close spot in his heart as he took part in the program up in Washington state while developing some of his athletic skills for four years. Overall the event was a huge success and many of the town’s players in the age range of 9 through 19 were able to hear from the player about why it’s important to never let go of your dreams.
The Phoenix, Arizona native was a military brat that got to live and play all over the country, and even played during high school in a Division 2-B school in Colbert, Washington. He was drafted in the 1997 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals in the third found and made his first professional debut on April 6th of 2002 after years of training in a rookie league. Affeldt played for the Royals for four years before going to the Colorado Rockies for one season, and then eventually did the last six years of his career in San Francisco with the Giants. The three-time World Series Champion was a part of the winning Giants team during the years of 2010, 2012 and 2014, and eventually retired at the end of the 2015 season.
Affeldt spoke at this year’s Chico Nuts American Legion Fundraiser Dinner earlier this month and was thrilled to be a part of the event to raise funds for an organization that has impacted him greatly in his life so far.
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