Hector Ambriz - 2003 Team
Hector Ambriz recalls his fulfilled days pitching days for the 2003 Anchorage Glacier Pilots! Ambriz discusses the incredible John Wooden's Pyramid of Success and it's ongoing powerful impact on his life and UCLA. Fishing with bears, dodging moose, playing with teammates Adam Simon, Mike Pelfrey and Jacoby Ellsbury and more!
Héctor Ambriz was born May 24, 1984 in Orange, California and graduated from Valencia High School in Placentia, California. He played college baseball for the UCLA Bruins. is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Washington Nationals organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and San Diego Padres.
Jesse Chavez - 2002 Team
Jesse Chavez recalls his pitching days for the 2002 Anchorage Glacier Pilots team going to the National Baseball Congress Tournament, his pitching hero, the wonders of playing baseball in Alaska and staying at the Bingo Hilton in Kenai.
Chavez was born in Victorville, California. A graduate of Fontana A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, California, Chavez was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft out of Riverside Community College. In 2006, Chavez was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma where he pitched one game before being traded. Chavez joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008, then moved onto the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays and is currently with Oakland Athletics since 2012.
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Dane De La Rosa - 2002 Team
Dane De La Rosa discusses the midnight sun, fishing trips and his experiences playing in Alaska and how it helped prepare him for pro baseball!
He played on the 2002 Anchorage Glacier Pilots team.
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Jacoby Ellsbury - 2003 Team
Jacoby Ellsbury's fun-filled summer days fielding for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots! Fresh from his first year at Oregon State, all-around multi-sport athlete, Ells bury, joined the Pilots in the summer of 2003. He worked on honing his sensational baseball skills and made time to explore the wilds of Alaska.
In 2010, Ellsbury released a Zinfandel wine called ZinfandEllsbury through Charity Wines. 100% of the proceeds are donated among three charities: The Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread: The Walk for Hunger, and Ellsbury Read Project.
For more information on how you can help go to: www.NativePartnership.org
Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury (born September 11, 1983) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox from 2007 through 2013, and joined the Yankees before the 2014 season.
Ellsbury was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft, but did not sign. He then was drafted 23rd overall by the Red Sox in the 2005, after playing college baseball for three years at Oregon State University. Ellsbury is the only Red Sox player in history to be a member of the 30–30 club. In 2011, Ellsbury also won the Gold Glove Award, the Silver Slugger Award, and was the American League MVP runner-up to Justin Verlander.
Ellsbury is officially a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes; Ellsbury's mother, Margie, is full-blooded Native-American (Navajo) and his father is of English and German descent. He is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the major leagues. As of 2008, he was one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, along with Kyle Lohse and Joba Chamberlain.
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Casey Fien - 2005 Team
Casey Fien recalls his pitching days for the 2005 Anchorage Glacier Pilots team and driving old cars in Alaska.
Casey Michael Fien a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, CA. Attended William Penn University in Oskaloosa, IA where he went 6-3, 2.48 ERA in 2003; Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA where he went 3-2, 2.93 ERA in 2004; and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2005-06.)
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