Texas Tech Baseball Welcomes a New Member

Texas Tech Baseball Welcomes a New Member

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Sage Warner spent Saturday with the Texas Tech baseball team.

"We're going to give sage a jersey for the day," Head Coach Tim Tadlock said. Warner got a jersey, hat and a ball signed by the team and one more surprise.

"Sage you are officially a Red Raider," Coach Tadlock said. 

Warner, number 12, joined the team with the help of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"It's a great feeling to see Sage get the that honor to be a part of the team,"Shriners Hospitals for Children, Jordan King said.

"Having Sage out can really impact both sides of it obviously each and everyday you want to do something for somebody else and whether its somebody out here at the ballpark or anywhere around town," Coach Tadlock said. 

The Red Raiders will be playing in the Houston College Classic tournament, where proceeds will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"I think them meeting Sage and seeing what the money is going towards. You know if this wasn't to take place they'd go out there it might have been just another baseball game for them, but to know they're doing it for a hometown hero that we have here there's been a great outpouring of praise to Sage everything he's gone through and they're excited you know and understand what the Shriners Hospitals done for the children and that Sage is a part of it," King said. 

Sage has been a patient at Shriners since he was three years old.

"I've had 18 surgeries with Shriners and I have scoliosis and they've done numerous things and but they've definitely changed my life," Shriners patient, Sage Warner said. 

Since he received his diagnosis he was told no contact sports, so he took up golf. "When I was nine or so really wanted to play baseball I begged my mom and so now I finally be able to be a part of a team," Warner said. 

Warner is now a part of the Red Raider family. "Hopefully we can send him away today knowing he's part of our team a part of our family," Tadlock said.

The College Classic is February 26-28th in Houston. Texas Tech is one of six teams competing.

Photojournalist Heath McCarty 
Samantha Waddell

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