“Can imagine what they experience” – Rays pitcher Brooks Raley’s thoughts with hometown Uvalde after Texas school shooting

Broks Raley made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2012 and has also pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros during his career.

Brooks Raley reacts to the Texas incident
Brooks Raley reacts to the Texas incident

The mass school shooting on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas has left many disturbed, including the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brooks Raley. He, who belongs to the city of San Antonio in Texas, attended school in the building where the unfortunate incident occurred.

Notably, the west of San Antonio is a small community of about 16,000 people and his parents and a brother still reside in Uvalde.

It’s a pretty small town,” Raley said on Wednesday, as quoted by ESPN.com. “News travels fast. My family is still there, my brother lives there, and his wife and daughter. So it hits close to home.”

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“I was just sitting in here and heard something and didn’t really follow up because we were about 40 minutes before the game. I got to talk to my parents, just to get a little bit of background and get as much information as you can,” he said.

“You just feel for those families and pray for them”

Brooks Raley
Brooks Raley

Raley, who is a two-sport star at Uvalde High School, has not lived in his hometown since heading off to college at Texas A&M. The 33-year-old Major League Baseball (MLB) player currently resides in College Station, Texas, with his wife Rachel and their three daughters.

He is in his first season with the Rays and was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and three saves in 14 appearances entering Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. 

I did go to that school. I walked those halls, so I can imagine what they experience each day, and I’m feeling for that community,” the pitcher added. “It’s just a tragedy. Obviously growing up there and going to that school, kind of hits home. Having young children myself, you just feel for those families, and you pray for them and your thoughts are with them.”

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