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Awed parent says Greg Dobbs went above and beyond

 JUPITER -- Received an email yesterday from Peter Walsh, a Miami attorney who wished to share a "feel-good story" involving the Marlins and, in particular, Greg Dobbs. I thought it was worth sharing, too. Here's what Walsh had to say:

   "Yesterday (Sunday), after the Cardinals game in Jupiter, they held a clinic for the first 100 kids who signed up ($75 per kid got you into the clinic plus 2 bleachers tickets).
 
    Gregdobbs"The clinic was supposed to be about an hour long, with the kids spending 15 minutes at each of 4 stations--Joe Espada manned the baserunning station; Bryan Petersen did the outfielders station; Heath Bell did the pitching station; and Greg Dobbs did the hitting station. Some of the parents thought this would be a rush job in which the kids didn't really get to do much. In fact, however, it was very well run and the kids really enjoyed it. And Espada and the 3 players were great with the kids. And Logan Morrison came out of the clubhouse dressed in street clothes, and he mingled with the kids for about an hour or so, taking time to talk to all the kids and sign autographs for everyone.
 
    "But the amazing part was Greg Dobbs' batting station, which was in the batting cages outside the stadium. Dobbs, on his own accord apparently, stretched his station out to about 1 hour per group (rather than 15 minutes)! Long after the other Marlins players had all gone home to their families for Sunday dinner, Dobbs patiently handled kid-after-kid, hour-after-hour. I left at 7:00 pm and Dobbs was still patiently taking time with each kid individually, making sure the weaker kids all got to experience the thrill of getting off a good hit. The spring training staff seemed to be trying to shut the complex down, but Dobbs, fully decked out in his Marlins uniform, kept right on going. He was simply oblivious to everything going on around him except for the one kid at a time he was working with. He never lost focus and never even took a bathroom break for about 4 or 5 hours.
 
     "I have coached kids for a few years now, and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about coaching kids. But watching Dobbs at work with kids from age 5 to 15 was truly amazing. I don't know if he has any kids of his own, but he had the rare ability to size up each kid as the kid entered the batting cage, and he knew EXACTLY how to adapt his approach to the age and ability of each kid, and knew exactly how to quietly engage each kid.
 
     "Many parents, like me, stood around the chain link fences around the batting cage, just watching in amazement at how he handled each kid. He seldom raised his voice above a very quiet volume, almost a whisper that only that kid could hear, so we had to strain sometimes to hear what he was telling each kid. And I'm pretty sure each kid left his station believing that he and Dobbs had bonded, and that Dobbs had passed on something special to him alone. It was really something to see."
 
Peter Walsh

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mac

Good for Dobbs. And good for LoMo and the rest of them. It's nice to know that some of these guys we're paying hard-earned money to watch are actually human and caring. Wonder how Hanley would have handled the same situation. Hmmm!

Flagstafffishfan

One thing about the Marlins is their excellent charitable work. Thank you for sharing. So ready for baseball to begin!

Alch

I heard him talk after a few games last year and he sounded like a genuinely good guy. When they had him talking on the post game show you could tell he was different from a lot of other player - that he had an honest love for the game of baseball.

Lee

that's great, glad the Marlins kept him. doesnt cost you a dime to be nice but the Fish will be reaping the benefits of Dobbs' generosity for a long time. kudos Greg.

georgeB

'The Dobber' is one of the kind of Guys, that I'm proud to say "I'm a Marlin Fan"...

Flav C

After "The Hopper", we have "The Dobber"...Good one, GeorgeB !!You should trademark that!

Stan III

I went to a Marlin Braves game in Atlanta. (the one where JJ had a no hitter through 7 F. Freeman broke it up) I got to the stadium as early as they'd let you in. There was a sort of VIP area near the batting cages roped off for kids to get autographs and interract with the players. Greg Dobbs spent a lot of time talking, joking with the kids and signed everything. Surprisingly, so did Hanley.....(also, no one around me at the game knew there was a no hitter being thrown) On a side note, as I was right near the on deck circle, They often praise GianTcarlo Stanton for being so big and powerful, Well, he is sure tall and has an almost NBA type athletic body, but when JJ walked by on deck with a bat in his hands, I was looking around for the Blue ox. He looked like Paul Bunyan. Huge kid, with arms as big as a normal humas thighs.

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