WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Brian McCann squatted behind home plate in November at Dodger Stadium, waiting for Corey Seager to get set in the batter’s box, he looked out at pitcher Charlie Morton and had a moment.
They were about to clinch the Houston Astros’ first World Series title, but McCann was not thinking about the here and now. He was thinking back some 16 years earlier, when he and Morton met for the first time — as sinewy, fresh-faced teenagers who had traveled across the country to play in a showcase tournament.
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ATLANTA — Yankees catcher Brian McCann proudly continued to do his part to aid in the battle against childhood cancer as he hosted a fundraising gala and celebrity softball game this weekend in his hometown of Atlanta.
Extending their role as the Rally Foundation’s primary spokespeople, McCann and his wife, Ashley, hosted a Benefit Bash at the Marriott Marquis on Friday night and a celebrity softball game at Georgia Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The two events combined to raise more than $900,000 to be used to help fund childhood cancer research.
“The fight against childhood cancer is a battle,” McCann said. “The Rally Foundation is doing its part to raise money and raise awareness. I’m so thankful and blessed to be a part of it.”
The McCanns’ association with the Rally Foundation began in 2008, when Ashley made numerous trips to visit Alexa Rohrbach, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 1 and then battled long enough to see the sixth grade.
When Rohrbach passed away, the McCanns went to the funeral home and found themselves at the back of a line of about 600 guests. Instead of accepting an invitation to move to the front of the line, they waited 2 1/2 hours to pay their respects.
Soon after, Dean Crowe, the founder of the Rally Foundation, asked the McCanns to aid in her battle against childhood cancer. The seven-time All-Star catcher and his wife have helped raise more than $4 million since proudly accepting this role.
In its eighth year, the Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game featured MLB Network’s Mark DeRosa, former Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes and several current and former big leaguers, including Kris Medlen, Danny Duffy, Nick Green, Chase d’Arnaud and Buddy Carlyle.
Kelly Johnson, Jeff Francoeur, Jonny Venters and current Braves manager Brian Snitker were also on hand at Friday’s gala.
“It means the world to me to have these guys come out and support this endeavor,” McCann said. “This event keeps getting better.”
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com | November 24th, 2013 –
NEW YORK — The Yankees are on the verge of completing a bold upgrade behind the plate, agreeing to terms on Saturday with free-agent catcher Brian McCann on a five-year contract worth at least $85 million.
McCann, widely regarded as the top available catcher on the market, will need to pass a physical before the deal becomes official. The Yankees have not made an announcement regarding the signing.
The deal includes a vesting option for the 2019 season that could push its overall value to $100 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com. It also contains a full no-trade clause.
By David O’Brien – April 21, 2012
PHOENIX — When the Braves lost their first four games this season in rather dispiriting fashion, Brian McCann knows there were a great many skeptics who wrote them off as the same team that lost 20 of its final 30 games last season and blew a huge wild-card lead in September.
But in the clubhouse, that was not the feeling, he said. The Braves returned virtually intact from 2011, and they viewed themselves as the team that had the majors’ fourth-best record in late August — not the team that produced one of the worst September collapses in baseball history.
McCann hit a two-run homer Friday night, and Freeman had two more run-scoring doubles to give him 12 RBIs in the Braves’ four-game winning streak.