MLB Champion speaks at summer program

Published 3:44 pm Thursday, June 13, 2019

World Series Champion pitcher and local chiropractor, Dr. Ben Weber, stopped by the Edmundite Missions Youth Center on Wednesday afternoon to speak to local children as part of the Edmundite’s youth summer program.

Weber, a relief pitcher for the 2002 World Series winning Anaheim Angels, had a 17-year career in professional baseball before a neck injury forced him to consider a different career path.

Weber now practices at Lightfoot Chiropractic located at 2117 Broad Street. Weber took over the practice early last year after the passing away of Dr. William Lightfoot in August 2017.

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Harper shared with the students the importance of dedication as well as education and the importance of hard work.

“It’s all about education, man,” said Weber. “Baseball is great, but without education I never would have been a baseball player. That’s the main thing I’m trying to get across. Let’s face it, not everyone is going to be a professional athlete.’

After speaking to the enthused children and a lengthy Q and A session, Weber took the time to sign a baseball for each child in attendance at Wednesday’s camp.

“We are so grateful to Dr. Ben Weber for coming to speak to the children in our summer program,” said Edmundite Missions President and CEO Chad McEachern. “We are always seeking to show our young people the new possibilities available by working hard in the classroom and Dr. Weber’s success on the baseball diamond and as a chiropractor is such a great example of that. They were so excited to get a signed baseball and I know they’ll remember his words of wisdom for years to come.”