They say one of every 14,000 people actually have a chance at becoming a professional athlete. That is not many, but David Carpenter was one of those people and on Saturday he used his spare time to offer lessons to youngsters at his alma mater, East Fairmont High School.
"Getting to have these guys here shows their commitment to baseball and hopefully they're able to take something from the things that we talked about and apply it to their game and be successful this year," Carpenter said.
David Carpenter knows all about being successful. From East Fairmont, he earned a scholarship to play at West Virginia University. From there, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, hoping to make an impact at the major league level. Six years later he finds himself still in the major leagues, and still giving back to the community where it all began.
"It's just nice to come back and everything," Carpenter explained. "It's a place where I spent four great years. Being given an opportunity to come back and talk with some of the guys, talk with some of the parents and some of the coaches from around the area. I just wanted to try and warn them about the stuff that's being taught. Whether it's good information or bad information for the guys. Whether it's going to help them be successful, keeping them healthy and keep them as injury-free as possible. That's the main thing, why I wanted to come back and talk for a little bit."
On October 21, Carpenter was traded from Toronto to Boston, but only a few weeks later he found out he was taken off the Red Sox 40-man roster. Which allowed Atlanta to come and scoop him up off the waiver wire.
"It's baseball," Carpenter said. "It's something I've been doing for a long time. It's something I've always enjoyed and still enjoy. So it's another challenge, that's how I'm looking at it. I just want to go down there and do the best that I can and God's going to place me wherever he wants me."
David said he only has a short amount of time until he has to report back to Spring Training in about a month or so. Which makes his time in town even more special to the East Fairmont community.