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Posted July 31, 2013
The First Place Tampa Bay Rays Put Kids First During Their Visit to All Children’s Hospital

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Chris Archer makes a patient smile
On the last day of July, with 21 wins for the month, a record that ranks as the best in major league baseball since the Yankees won 25 games during July 1941, Chris Archer and Sean Rodriguez from the red hot first place Tampa Bay Rays took time out of their winning schedule to visit with the patients at All Children's Hospital.

The visit was part of a new sponsorship this season between the Rays and All Children's. The alliance gives All Children's a high profile within the Trop: on signs inside the stadium, in game telecasts beamed around the area, state and country and with radio ads during game broadcasts. There has also been an array of promotions and education involving the hospital that has been conducted throughout the course of the season.

"I've seen a lot of good sprints today," said outfielder Sean Rodriguez.  "Some of the kids got real excited. This is my second visit here with the Rays. I love the hospital. My daughter received treatment here and my son was recently born at (Bayfront) Baby Place. "

"This is totally awesome! Look at her smile," said Francis Mota-Nunez when Rays Pitcher Chris Archer entered her 9-year-old daughter's room.  "I haven't seen her smiling like this in a while. This is the best thing that has happened to her during the eight days we have been here."

"When I come here, I learn so much from these kids," says Archer. "They're teaching me by smiling and acting like they don't have too many worries in the world, when they should have all the worries in the world. In comparison, I have it easy compared to these guys. Hopefully, they will overcome their illness or injury and do something great."