PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adley Rutschman hosted the first ever Homegrown Clinic as part of the USA Baseball Homegrown program at Charles B. Walker Stadium on Saturday, October 9. Joined by 125 kids from the Portland area, Rutschman led them through numerous baseball stations, held a question and answer session, played "Over the Line," and had one-on-one time with each participant, signing autographs for every attendee.
"I’ve been wanting to do something back home ever since I got drafted," said Rutschman. "I think the biggest thing when it comes to being a professional baseball player and having the opportunities that we have is the ability to give back. I’ve always been looking for that opportunity. The Homegrown program allowed for that and for me to interact with the community of Portland and Oregon in general. It’s something I’ve dreamed of. It means a lot to me just seeing all of the people that came out, all of the organizations that came out to help. I think that has had a bigger impact than we realize now and this can continue to build and grow.
"There is a sense of satisfaction that comes with giving back and that is definitely a benefit and it is a reason you do it; but, I think you reshape your mind in order to think that this is having a bigger impact than just you giving back. It’s really about the kids' experience and giving them something they can remember and build off of and just trying to make sure they have a good time. Even that hour, or two hours, that you give, hopefully, goes further than just today."
USA Baseball and Rutschman also partnered with Friends of Baseball, the Portland Pickles, and the Corvalis Knights to put on this event.
Photos from today’s most awesome @USABaseball homegrown clinic with Adley Rutschman. Much thanks to @FOBaseball, the @Orioles, @Nike, @picklesbaseball, @PortlandBSB & @GFU_Baseball for making this an incredible event! Tip of the cap to Randy Rutschman - the best of the best. 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/6pqmR7u2wg— Corvallis Knights (@CorvKnights) October 9, 2021