Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will host his first-ever charity event Thursday afternoon at Mustang Alley's in Baltimore.
Along with several teammates, Machado will spend the Orioles' day off participating in a bowling tournament and signing memorabilia for a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Baltimore City Foundation, which supports Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Play Baseball summer program.
The Play Baseball program offers children ages 12 and under the opportunity to learn the game’s fundamentals. Uniforms, equipment and transportation are provided for free.
“It’s a good cause,” Machado said. “When I was growing up, it was just me and my mom, and it was tough for us to raise money [for baseball equipment].”
The only problem?
Machado admits that he’s not a good bowler. He said right-hander Darren O’Day and left fielder Steve Pearce are among the Orioles’ best at the sport. So when the event’s participants break up into teams of five, it might be a good strategy to avoid Machado.
“This is my first charity event, so I am excited for it, really excited. It’s going to be fun,” he said. “I can’t bowl. I [stink] at bowling. But it’s fun.”