Carlos’ Kids, 2002 Playbook magazine, volume 3
It’s been nice to read Carlos Delgado posts in Blue Jays blogland in recent days. He really meant a lot to the franchise and the fans, and I’m looking forward to attending tomorrow’s day in his honour.
While it was easy to like Carlos as a player, it was also very easy to like him as a personality. I’ve always been charmed by that million dollar grin, and I always respected his charitable efforts - which he continues to this day, with his Extra Bases organization.
His many charitable efforts led MLB to honour Carlos with the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award.
"Roberto’s legacy to me is that it’s an athlete’s obligation to give back. That’s what I have tried to do throughout my career."
As a Puerto Rican native who wore 21 at various points in his career in tribute to Clemente, it only makes sense that the award may have been just a little more meaningful to Carlos than the average recipient:
”This is a great honor, really special. Thirty-four years after Roberto has passed, his legacy is still very much alive. I don’t know what else you can say about someone who has been gone for 34 years. He’s an icon. I’m a fan. I would say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be like that.’”
I’m sure Carlos had a few kids growing up in Toronto thinking the same way about him.