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Springfield Teen Meets MLB All-Star During Home Run Derby

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On Monday, Cordell Clark, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, went to St. Louis to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Clark was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be paired with one of the seven MLB All-Stars during the Home Run Derby. KSMU’s Matt Evans talked with Clark about his experience.

Cordell Clark is your average 14-year-old and happens to be a sports fanatic. On Monday, he was able to live out a childhood fantasy and meet a Major League Baseball All-Star. Clark was one of seven Boys and Girls Clubs members who were a part of the 2009 Home Run Derby. A member of the Musgrave Unit of the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs for three years, Clark will be a freshman at Parkview High School next fall where he plans to play football and baseball.

During the Home Run Derby, Clark was matched up with a former Missouri State baseball player, Ryan Howard who now plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard and Clark were able to have some one-on-one time.

“Just talked about how he went to Springfield and went to SMS and how it was cool that he got to hang out with me since I was from Springfield,” said Clark

Clark had never been to a Major League Baseball game before his experience at Busch Stadium and during the Home Run Derby, Clark was allowed to stay on the playing field to root on Howard. If Howard won the derby, it meant a $50,000 donation from State Farm to the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs to refurbish its teen center. Howard blasted 15 home runs into the stands Monday night, finishing third. Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder won the event with 17 home runs.

Even though Howard did not win, the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs will still receive a $10,000 donation from State Farm.

Clark does not have a career choice yet, but he does plan on attending the University of Missouri after graduating from high school and hopes to play sports on the collegiate level.

For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.