Former major leaguer, CT native helps host baseball clinic
It's not every day that one of the great base stealers in history gives pointers on how to swipe a bag! 14-year MLB veteran and Connecticut native Rajai Davis was a guest instructor at Baseball World Training School Wednesday.
The 2016 American League stolen base leader gave campers advice, signed autographs and even took batting practice.
"Just being able to share the little bit of knowledge I do have with the kids and paying it forward to help them, I think this is a great opportunity for them to learn a lot," Davis said.
The Norwich native currently works as the senior director of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.
He retired following his 2019 season with the New York Mets. Davis played for seven other ball clubs throughout his career including the Athletics, Tigers, and Blue Jays.
Davis' game-tying home run in game 7 of the 2016 World Series off Aroldis Chapman is one of the greatest postseason moments in recent memory.
His Mets career started with a bang in May 2019, hitting a pinch-hit three run homer run in the eighth inning in his first at bat as a Met. He was called up in the middle of the day, took a two-hour Uber ride from Pennsylvania to Citi Field, showed up in the third inning, and ultimately homered in the eighth having just met the manager.
Davis says baseball is a game of memories, and his advice to young ballplayers is to go out there and enjoy it.
"I think the biggest thing is to have fun. You come out here and have fun, chances are you're going to play better if you have fun. If you come out here, have fun with an open heart, open mind, willing to learn... I think that's the best part."