Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s Heart of 29 campaign with the American Heart Association is headed to the World Series … on a bow tie.
Longtime baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal wears a different bowtie with a charity tie-in during each game broadcast by Fox. On Tuesday, Rosenthal sent out the following tweet: “Very excited to announce that I will wear a bow tie in honor of Rod Carew and the American Heart Association during the World Series.”
A subsequent tweet thanked the Minnesota Twins and BowTie Cause for helping make it possible. Rosenthal also provided this sneak peek:
“The last year has been a challenge to say the least,” Carew said. “But through the efforts of a dedicated team of doctors and nurses, and my friends in baseball, I carry on. I look forward to continuing my work for the Heart of 29 for years to come.”
Carew was playing golf last Sept. 20 when his life was turned upside down. Once stabilized, he continued to struggle because of severe heart failure; the muscle no longer effectively pumped oxygen-rich blood to the rest of his body. With his body unfit for a transplant, doctors instead implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to take over the pumping for the damaged left side of his heart.
During his recovery, Carew reached out to the American Heart Association to launch a campaign to boost awareness and prevention of heart disease. Dubbed Heart of 29 in honor of the jersey number he wore throughout his career, he made appearances at home games for his two former teams – the Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – as well as theLos Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. He also was honored at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in San Diego, and took part in the annual Hall of Fame weekend.
His traveling ceased after Cooperstown as his focus shifted to hopefully getting a spot on the list for a heart transplant.
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