Complete Clemente Day Weekend Recap
Last weekend, Pittsburgh played host to a series of memorable celebrations in honor of the legendary Roberto Clemente. The events were organized under the leadership of Roberto Clemente Foundation President Tom Brasuell and took place with an unbelievable amount of support and participation:
Thursday: The festivities commenced with the Clemente Gala Dinner and Award Show, setting the stage for an unforgettable weekend.
|Roberto Clemente Foundation President, Tom Brasuell, with the McCutchens.|
Friday: Clemente Day was celebrated across Major League Baseball and Pennsylvania with a Day of Service led by the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Clemente Foundation, highlighting the enduring legacy of Roberto Clemente. Nearly 50 members of the Pirates organization, including several players, engaged in various community outreach activities as part of this day of service. During the game, every Pirates player, as well as Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Kyle Higashioka from the New York Yankees, donned Clemente's iconic No. 21 jersey in a touching tribute. Roberto Jr. and Luis Clemente threw out the ceremonial first pitches, while Joshua Palacios, a Puerto Rican right fielder just like Clemente, helped create an unforgettable moment on his way out to his starting position.
|L→R: Luis Clemente, Olga Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates owner Robert Nutting, Roberto Clemente Jr., Roberto Clemente III, Leo Clemente, and Kailee Clemente, on-field at PNC Park ahead of the Pirates-Yankees Game on Roberto Clemente Day in Pittsburgh.|
|Joshua Palacios with Luis and Roberto Clemente III moments before he ran out to right field in a beautiful tribute to Roberto Clemente. You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYeoKXZ6qs4|
Saturday: Just as Roberto Clemente did throughout his illustrious career, the foundation extended its commitment to the youth by hosting a free clinic that welcomed hundreds of kids. The clinic featured Luis and Roberto Jr., sons of Roberto Clemente, the Ghost Players, and the Major League Baseball Alumni Association. A surprise visit by baseball legend Ken Griffey Sr. added to the excitement, creating a memorable experience for all the young athletes in attendance.
|L→R: Ken Griffey Sr. with Luis Clemente and Roberto Clemente Jr. during the Roberto Clemente Foundation clinic. Below: Roberto Clemente Foundation Vice President Victor Rivera leads attendees during drills. All participants were given "21" Clemente shirts and hats provided by the Foundation. Photos by Zach Schrader (Instagram: @724.productions)|
Sunday: The weekend concluded with the Roberto Clemente 2.1K Charity Walk, providing an opportunity for everyone to come together, reminisce about the extraordinary weekend, and celebrate the lasting legacy of Roberto Clemente.