Colorado Rockies: Kyle Freeland talks dogs, Denver and daring hits
San Francisco – Kyle Freeland isn’t pitching for the Colorado Rockies in this series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t helping Denver while he is in the Bay Area.
The rising star for the Colorado Rockies announced on social media shortly after he helped finish off the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 10-3 win on Thursday afternoon that he was doing what he could to help dogs in Denver. And he’s doing it through the notoriety he is gaining through baseball.
According to Freeland’s Instagram account, “I’ve teamed up with Wilson to raise money for Planned Pethood Adoptions and give you a chance to win a custom A2000. Build your dream glove at wilsoncustomgloves.com, post a screen grab of it using #FreeA2000 and tag @wilsonballglove. If my hashtag is used more than the other #TeamWilsonplayers, Planned Pethood will receive an even greater donation!”
I asked Freeland about that inside the Rockies clubhouse before Colorado started a three-game series against the Giants on Friday night. He told me that fellow Rockies pitcher Jon Gray helped him find a Denver-area pet charity to support with the cause.
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He also shared that five Major League players are competing to win a $2,000 prize for their local charity. No matter who wins, at least a $1,000 donation will be made to Planned Pethood Adoptions. And it’s all driven through social media.
“It’s pretty crazy how quickly it can go.” Freeland said. “I was keeping an eye on it yesterday and today. I know Josh Harrison personally and I know his is taking off really well too. There’s a little bit of competition there. We’re in the same agency together so it’s cool to go up against him.”
As a self-proclaimed dog lover and proud dog parent, helping Denver dogs is an easy thing for Freeland to do.
“I’ve always loved dogs,” Freeland smiled. “I grew up with a German Shepherd. All my neighbors had dogs. Friends had dogs. I have two dogs now. I love them very much.”