Before the Falmouth Commodores’ game against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks on July 8, two of the club’s players read children’s books at an event hosted by the Falmouth Public Library.
Infielder Colby Halter and pitcher Garrett Coe were both at the event in the library’s children’s center, reading baseball-related books to members of the community. The players also answered questions about baseball and their favorite books growing up. Deirdre Detjens, Falmouth Public Library children’s program assistant, said that she and those in attendance enjoyed having the Commodores participate in the event.
“They were wonderful,” Detjens said. “Colby [Halter] and Garrett [Coe] were engaging [and] they were great readers. [It was] really enjoyable.”
Halter began the event by reading the book Pete the Cat: Play Ball!, by James Dean. Coe later explained the lessons taught in this book, in which the cat shares its experiences of playing baseball. The University of Connecticut pitcher expressed that the book’s message taught the importance of baseball players staying positive even when they are not competing as well as they would like.
Coe then read the book Batter Up Wombat, by Lynn Munsinger. This was followed by Halter reading Baseball Buzz, by C. C. Joven. The University of Florida infielder said he enjoyed the experience of connecting with members of the community during the event.
“I remember when I was little and we’d have guys come read to us at school or at the library, I used to think the world of them,” Halter said. “So, it’s pretty cool to be on the other side of it now.”
After Halter read the book, the players answered questions from the children and parents at the event. The ’Dores were asked about various topics, including how they reached this level in their baseball careers. Halter and Coe discussed their progression from tee-ball to playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
The event concluded with Coe reading the book Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Cat Boogie, by James Dean. Coe said he was grateful for the chance to read children’s books to those that frequently attend their contests, and many that aspire to play the game of baseball.
“Baseball and community are pretty two big things,” Coe said. “You take a look at our games and it’s not just us on the field playing … it’s the people there. And I think with the chances that we get to help out and give back to [the] community that gives to us night in, and night out at Guv Fuller [Field], it’s really a good opportunity.”
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