Friday, August 7, 2009

Problem Child Becomes Mentor

Kevin Mitchell, the surprise rookie on the 1986 World Champion New York Mets, who was traded after the 1986 season because the Mets were afraid he "was a bad influence on Dwight and Darryl" - is now playing the role of 'Mentor.' Mitchell, who grew up in a rough area of San Diego, who was part of gangs as youngster, once said that baseball saved his life. If memory serves, he was even shot (before his pro baseball career).

Now Mitchell is back in San Diego, and is mentoring a high school student who Mitchell says, "He's in high school, a great athlete, but he's with bad kids off the field. Got to get him before he turns the wrong way."