Leach Makes a Whopper of a Catch

Not so long ago, on a fine sunny morning, Los Angeles pitcher Brent Leach, under the auspices of the Dodgers Dream Foundation, and DodgersWIN group, took his wife Sara and a group of lucky kids on a fishing trip. The kids came from the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation, Long Beach Boys & Girls Club, School on Wheels, and the Puma Anglers Club from San Miguel Elementary.

Esteban Martinez the Regional Coordinator for School on Wheels said, "I think the best thing about it is just bringing them out here, because a lot of these kids don't get to come out to the beach, don't get to go fishing, don't get to meet people like the Dodgers, So I think all of this is a really nice thing."

Leach, a self-proclaimed avid fisherman when ever he gets the chance, was glad to show the kids a good time and understood this could be the first time some of these kids will have one-on-one time with a Los Angeles Dodger let alone enjoying their first fishing trip.

When asked how the trip was going Leach said, "I'm going to make sure everyone on the boat has a fish before the day is over."

Rumor had it that 1990 American League Cy Young Award winner and former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch also joined Leach and his wife out on the trip showing the kids a good time, and dispensing wisdom to a younger generation.

This though was not the first time the Dodgers have held a fishing trip. It was, however, Leach's first time hosting one.

"Well, I'm not the coolest Dodger to hang out with, I guess you could say, but maybe they'll think I'm a little bit cooler after this," Leach said. "The biggest thing is that hopefully everyone will have a good time."

Leach was born November 18,1982 in Flowood, Mississippi and selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in 6th Round (196th overall) of 2005 amateur entry draft.

He got his call up this season against the Washington Nationals, and has not looked back. So far he has 2 wins and 0 loses and 3.60 Earned Run Average in 24 appearances Leach may not be a giant in the world of Baseball yet, but he is in the hearts and minds of the kids that went on that fishing trip.

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