Guest blog: MLB’s Honorary Bat Girl and Buses for Baseball

By Brittany Lamas

Monday afternoon I met Kim Goodwin, and she quickly became a hero of mine. This year’s Honorary Bat Girl of the MLB, Goodwin is a breast cancer survivor, and an amazing person.

Diagnosed in 2009, Goodwin, a dance teacher, continued to teach her classes during her treatment at MD Anderson, even through chemo therapy and radiation.

Goodwin’s father was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer a few years ago as well, so when she was diagnosed she said her first thought was, “There’s a reason.”

After beating the disease, she decided to return to MD Anderson as a volunteer who engages with patients as they begin their treatment.

“I meet them on their very first day,” Goodwin said. “I talk to them about the process and how I continued to work and live during my time here.”

Goodwin and her family have been huge Astros fans her entire life, she even has an Astros Breast Cancer Awareness hat she wore to every single day of radiation and chemo she did.

As for winning the “Honorary Bat Girl” contest? Goodwin said she didn’t realize it was a contest at first.

“I follow a lot of Astros media,” she said. “I stumbled upon the entry form and it just said ‘Tell your story’ so I wrote it all up and submitted it. It wasn’t until later I realized that people were going to vote on it to win.”

Here is Goodwin and Co. down on the field for batting practice. She also threw out a first pitch.

MLB Honorary Bat Girl Kim Goodwin enjoys batting practice from the field. Goodwin is a breast cancer survivor and volunteer at MD Anderson.

Third Baseman Chris Johnson signs Goodwin’s Official “Bat Girl” shirt during batting practice before the Cubs game.

Goodwin and family watch batting practice from the field. Die hard Astros fans, the family goes to spring training every year.

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Also on Monday I sat in on the Buses for Baseball, sponsored by the Player’s Trust. The event designates a bus to bring under privileged children to a game as personal guests of the players.

On Monday, Minute Maid welcomed 50 students from Treasure Forest Elementary. The students enjoyed a special meet and greet with several Astros, seats behind the bull pen, and $10 loaded on their ticket to spend in the ball park.

Photos:

Students exit the bus at Minute Maid headed to a player meet and greet sponsored by Buses for Baseball and the Player’s Trust.

Wesley Wright sign autographs at the Buses for Baseball meet and greet.

Jed Lowrie and other Astros players sign baseball hats at the Buses for Baseball event.

Brittany Lamas is a junior at the University of Texas majoring in Journalism. 

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