Al Bumbry of the Padres has always been considered one of the game's good people. Now there's even more reason to think of him that way.
While San Diego was playing in Pittsburgh on May 1, the four children of Franklin Park, Pa. resident John Bozic began to cheer and call out to Bumbry. After the game, Bumbry had the family come down to the railing for a chat. The Bozics returned for the Padres' second visit last month and, after getting Bumbry's attention during BP, 11-year-old Adrienne gave him a letter, which Bumbry stuffed into his pocket. It was an invitation to a family barbecue. The next day, much to the astonishment of Bozic, Bumbry called to accept. The day after that, he had lunch at the Bozics' house, meeting their neighbors and signing dozens of autographs. As Bozic wrote in a letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "I now find myself much less of a cynic than I was a week ago."