SAN DIEGO – Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride will participate in several events during Major League Baseball’s (MLB) All-Star Week in San Diego this weekend.
Pride will serve as an assistant coach on the World Team in the 18th Futures Games on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park the home of the San Diego Padres, at 7 p.m. (EST). The game will air on the MLB Network. Check your local listings for channel and time in your area.
Pride’s former Montreal Expos teammate Moises Alou is managing the World Team in a full nine-inning game featuring the top Minor League prospects in baseball. The U.S. leads the all-time series, 11-6.
"It is an honor to be asked to be one of the coaches on the World Team in the Futures Game. It will be a great experience coaching top prospects in all of baseball," said Pride.
Pride will also participate in the MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball game on Sunday. The softball game will be televised on ESPN immediately following the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 11, slated at 10 p.m. (EST).
"I am excited about meeting and playing with some of the other celebrities in the MLB Celebrity Softball game. My family and I look forward to having a great time during All-Star Week in San Diego."
The 2016 MLB All-Star Game will air on Fox on Tuesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. (EST).
Pride was appointed by MLB as its Ambassador for Inclusion back in January. He has been visiting with every MLB team this year to advocate for making all clubs and stadiums more accessible for people with disabilities on all levels from the minor leagues to the major leagues.
Pride will enter his ninth season as Gallaudet's head coach this fall where he has built a program into a consistent contender in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The two-time NEAC Coach of the Year has guided the Bison to three straight 20-win season (2012-14) and NEAC regular-season co-champions in 2013 and '14. The 2014 team set a new school record for wins in a season with 27 and posted a program best 12-6 mark in conference play. Pride has coached 22 all-conference players and won three NEAC Players of the Year and two Pitchers of the Year awards. Pride has won 118 games in eight seasons at GU.
Pride, who has been deaf since birth, played in 421 Major League games across parts of 11 seasons (1993, 1995-2001, 2003-2006) as an outfielder. The Maryland native finished with a .250 career batting average, 20 home runs and 82 RBI after playing for the Montreal Expos, the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees and the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels. The College of William & Mary product was a regular season contributor to four Clubs that reached the Postseason and played in the 2004 Division Series with the American League West Champion Angels. The 421 games are by far the most played by a deaf player since William Hoy ended his Major League career more than 110 years ago in 1902. Pride is a proud graduate of The College of William and Mary (Class of 1990).