You might remember a few years ago (2018, to be exact) when Corpus Christi native Jose Trevino was picked up by Texas Rangers, fulfilling his childhood dream to play Major League Baseball. Since then, Trevino was traded to the New York Yankees, where he currently plays as an All-Star catcher.
Fame and success have not prevented him from returning to his hometown to give back in more ways than one. The Coastal Bend is in for a treat as the MLB player will visit Corpus Christi on Dec. 8 through Dec. 11 for “Trevi’s Homecoming,” a weekend-long youth baseball and softball tournament hosted by 24 Sports and the Corpus Christi Sports Commission, a strategic initiative of Visit Corpus Christi. The homecoming event is an extension of Trevino’s Toy Drive, an annual charitable giving initiative to provide toys and necessities to families in need during the holiday season. This year, the toy drive will benefit Nate’s Next Kid Up and the Coastal Bend Food Bank.
The festivities will commence with an opening ceremony and “batting practice” at the USS Lexington Museum, where spectators can witness professional baseball players hitting off the flight deck from 10 – 11 a.m. The Museum’s general admission ticket purchase includes the cost to attend.
Later that day, the community is invited to attend the youth home-run derby at Whataburger Field, where tournament participants will compete. Expect pin trading, giveaways, autographs, food trucks and a grand fireworks display to conclude the night. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase online. If you plan to attend the home-run derby, bring a toy or dry goods and food items for donation to the Third Annual Trevino’s Toy Drive.
The youth baseball and softball tournament is scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10 at the Portland Municipal Park. Participants can anticipate surprise awards awaiting the tournament champs.
Don’t miss out on a family-friendly weekend celebrating youth baseball for a great cause!