To spotlight the Chevy Youth Baseball program, which is entering its fourth year, SNY visited participating youth baseball teams and asked kids what they want to know about Ron Darlin:
Ron Darling: I played all sports when I was a kid. Baseball in the summer, basketball in the winter and football in the fall. I was recruited to Yale University as a football player. Baseball was my least favorite, until I made the All-Star team when I was 11.
Max Sorkin, 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, 11-years-old: What was your favorite team growing up as a kid?
Ron Darling: The Boston Bruins were my favorite team when I was a kid and Bobby Orr was my favorite athlete.
David Abrenica, 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, 10-years-old: Was it fun to be an MLB player and why?
Ron Darling: Having a chance to make a living while living out your dream is the ultimate. Like I tell my own two sons, find something you love to do and making a living will take care of itself.
Delakwa C Bernard, 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, 11-years-old: Who is your favorite Met?
Ron Darling: Unlike you young fans, I don’t have a favorite Met. I appreciate all the players because I enjoy watching their talent. I had my chance as a young man to be a professional baseball player and I enjoy watching these young men, all of them, trying to make their own baseball history.
Ben Palmieri, 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, 11-years-old: What would you do without MLB and what does it mean to you all?
Ron Darling: MLB is great, but there are so many great things to do in life. Not everyone is cut out to be a professional baseball player but if you love the game you can become an agent representing players, a trainer who takes care of their injuries or an umpire.
Ilan Ezra, 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, 10-years-old: Were you a Mets fan while growing up?
Ron Darling: I was raised in Boston so I rooted for all the home teams. I root silently for the Mets because if they win games, I get in less trouble. Let’s go Mets.
Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between the New York Area Chevrolet Dealers and the communities they serve. The program provides assistance to 65 leagues by contributing over $100,000 in monetary and equipment donations.