Brazelton donates $250K
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Posted Feb 3, 2006

Former Middle Tennessee State pitcher and current San Diego Padre Dewon Brazelton gave $250,000 to his old school to help fund a brand new baseball stadium.

"It's unbelievable, it's humbling, Middle Tennessee Baseball Coach Steve Paterson said. "It's something he doesn't have to do but he wants to do. He got on a airplane and flew here to be part of this. When our baseball alum ask what (Brazelton) is doing, well he answered the question, he's leading the pack. Everybody can't do what he did but he stepped forward and spoke from his heart. He feels good about it and it's what he wanted to do. It speaks a lot for what Middle Tennessee does for its graduates."

"This was important to me because I believe this baseball program was the first stepping stone in what made me what I am today," Dewon Brazelton said. "I believe coach Pete, coach (Jim) McGuire and coach (Mike) McLaury do a great job of developing young people into men and getting a new stadium will help them. More than baseball, they develop good young men. They are good people. You never hear of people coming out of program getting into trouble and that's because coach Pete teaches discipline so I would recommend Middle Tennessee to any young kid anywhere in the country."

On Middle Tennessee baseball:

"This wasn't just about baseball, it was about getting people in here because coach Pete and coach McGuire are good mentors for young people. More than just baseball, these guys are good for young people and this may help."

What made you want to give so much back to Middle Tennessee baseball

"It's always important because you want to do for people who have done for you. In 1998 I wasn't a sure thing. Coach Pete and Middle Tennessee took a chance on me and gave me a full scholarship which, more than baseball, giving me room and board and food to eat was a big thing in my life at that point. I took that and ran with it and became a Major League baseball player. I would not be where I am today without Middle Tennessee baseball."

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