Back in May our writer Dave Bethel wrote a post about Josh Faiola, a relief pitcher for the 2004 Cape League Champion Y-D Red Sox. This week I received an email from ESPN notifying us that Josh's story of struggle will be featured on the network's award-winning E-60 news program on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. ET.
As Dave reported five months ago, Josh went from the Cape League to the independent Frontier League, where he lived with an elderly couple in an assisted living home in order to make ends meet.
According to ESPN:
ESPN's award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will feature the heartwarming story of a minor league baseball player who brightened the lives of some senior citizens....
Like many young men, Josh Faiola is chasing his dream of one day playing Major League Baseball. After his release from the Baltimore Orioles organization this spring, Faiola caught on with the Lake Erie Crushers (Avon, Ohio) of the independent Frontier League. Because the league’s players are paid so little, most players live with local host families who volunteer to take a player into their home for the summer. But Faiola’s found a different kind of host family - an assisted living facility with 28 senior citizens with an average age of 83. E:60 follows Faiola and the residents of the facility through the summer, documenting one young man chasing his baseball dream, and the effect that dream had on his new family of surrogate grandparents.