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Major Leaguers March on St. Patrick’s Day

Former major leaguers marched with Irish Baseball fans in a sign of support for the growing Irish Baseball movement.

Garvey, McEwing, and Lyons Lead Irish Baseball Fans in Parades Across America

New York, NY (March 18, 2024) – On St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, four former major leaguers — Steve Garvey, Joe McEwing, Steve Lyons, and Ryan O’Rourke —  marched with Irish Baseball fans in three different cities, in a sign of support for the growing Irish Baseball movement.

The festivities started on a sunny Saturday morning in downtown San Diego, where former San Diego Padres All-Star first baseman Steve Garvey led the Irish American Baseball Society up Fifth Avenue. Garvey, who led the Padres to the 1984 National League pennant, is a member of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and an enthusiastic supporter of the cause.

“Awareness and momentum for Irish Baseball is growing every day,” said Garvey. “From coast to coast, and throughout the country, baseball fans are joining this movement.”

The Growing Irish Baseball Movement

The “Irish Baseball movement” is a term used by baseball fans to describe the work and goals of the Irish American Baseball Society, including helping Ireland get to the World Baseball Classic, hosting a major league game in Ireland, and growing Irish youth baseball programs. The organization also operates the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and the Irish Wolfhounds Baseball Club.

Former Met McEwing Marches in New York

While Garvey was marching in San Diego, former New York Mets fan favorite, Joe McEwing, was leading three dozen Irish Baseball fans and Irish Wolfhounds players in the 263rd New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Several times, the crowd broke into renditions of, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” as the group marched past.

McEwing, who played for the Mets from 2000-2004, was impressed by the enthusiasm of the crowd.

“I’m so grateful for this experience. It was on a totally different level,” said McEwing. “There was so much passion and love and energy. New York City never disappoints!”

Lyons and O’Rourke March in Boston

The following day — St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 — the Irish American Baseball Society took to the streets of Boston in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This time the organization was led by another fan favorite, former Red Sox player and broadcaster Steve Lyons. Lyons was joined by Wooster native Ryan O’Rourke, a former major league pitcher and a member of the Irish Wolfhounds Baseball Club.

“They tell me there were one million people at the parade. The energy from the crowd was electric,” said Lyons. “It was like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, except I want to do it again next year!”

How to Join the Irish Baseball Movement

Irish American Baseball Society founder John Fitzgerald added, “These guys are all fantastic ambassadors for Irish Baseball. They marched alongside high school baseball coaches, college and pro baseball players, sports media professionals, and, of course, baseball fans. That’s what the Irish Baseball movement is all about.”

Baseball players, coaches, and fans are invited to learn more about the Irish American Baseball Society and join the Irish Baseball movement at IrishBaseball.org/join.

About the Irish American Baseball Society

The Irish American Baseball Society is a non-profit membership organization, based in the United States, with over 10,000 members. Members include fans and baseball professionals, each with an interest and passion for Ireland and Irish American culture. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in baseball and Ireland, regardless of their ancestral heritage.

For more information, visit IrishBaseball.org.

The Irish American Baseball Society is a non-profit subsidiary of Emerald Diamond International. Federal Tax ID: 20-4623222. For more information, visit EmeraldDiamond.org.

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