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28-Year-Old Seattle Mariners Star Makes a Generous Gesture Towards Ugandan Youngster Using Bricks to Fulfill His MLB Dream

Published 01/30/2023, 6:10 AM EST

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Baseball is more than just a game, it’s a sport of dreams. From the streets of the Caribbean to the sandlots of America, people from all over the world have been drawn to the diamond. It’s a game that requires skill, strategy, and, most importantly, heart. This time, baseball reached Uganda, in east-central Africa, and found a fanatic in, catcher Kasumba Dennis, who, unfortunately, doesn’t carry the privilege of easy access to baseball gear. Amidst this, the Ugandan catcher found the eyes of star Seattle Mariners shortstop, J.P. Crawford.

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In an attempt to find some help through Twitter, Kasumba Dennis uploaded a tweet asking for assistance in attaining some baseball gear cause of his extreme love for the sport.

J.P. Crawford making a Ugandan catcher’s dream come true


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Kasumba Dennis’ tweet read, “I made my own equipment not because I don’t need equipment but I don’t know where I can get. And equipment is very expressive for me and I never miss my training with excuses of not having a glove or other equipment when I have Brain. I WANT TO PLAY BASEBALL.”

In response to that, J.P. Crawford, who won a Golden Glove Award in 2020, made an attempt to reach out to the Ugandan catcher to help him with some gear. The 28-year-old said, “How can I get some equipment out to you and your hometown?! I want to help you out brother.”


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However, Crawford wasn’t alone to offer help to Dennis, who uploaded a video of restringing a catcher’s mitt. Podcaster and Red Sox fan Jared Carrabis, along with Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler joined Crawford.

How did fans react to Crawford’s generous offer?

Multiple people, including baseball organizations, and Mariners players responded to the shortstop’s tweet offering to help the Ugandan catcher. Multiple people also asked Kasumba Dennis to hop on a flight and come to the United States of America.


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In short, baseball is a sport of dreams and a game that transcends borders, cultures, and backgrounds. It’s a game that unites people from all over the world and brings them together in pursuit of a common goal: greatness. And J.P. Crawford’s response to the budding baseball player from Uganda proves exactly that.


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Written by:

Mohsin Baldiwala


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Mohsin Baldiwala is an MLB author for EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his BBA degree, specializing in Communications & Media with a Public Policy minor. Along with his keen interest in politics and questions about society, he has written multiple research papers about a variety of topics, ranging from stand-up comedy to the Indian Education System.
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Rohini Kottu