Thurman embracing ambassador role

Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Corey Thurman, York Revolution

Corey Thurman (above) will return to York in 2012 for his fifth consecutive season. John A. Pavoncello file photo.

If all he does is play baseball for roughly six months out of the year, Corey Thurman shouldn’t be all that busy during the off-season.

After catching up with the veteran right-hander and York City resident on Wednesday night, though, that’s far from the case.

His wife, Angela, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl named Ella, on the same day as Game 4 of the Atlantic League Championship Series last fall. Thurman was slated to start that game, but instead he watched the game on from a room at YorkHospital with Angela.The couple was able to celebrate both the team victory as well as the birth of Ella that day.

“She’s doing great. She’s been getting big and eating food,” Thurman said of Ella.

Thurman has found time to get his workouts in, take care of Ella when Angela is at work, and “be a husband on top of all that.”

He’s also continued his personal baseball lessons with youngsters from around York County, something he has done since first coming to York.

And him and former York Revolution slugger Jason Aspito are currently busy helping out as assistant coaches with the York Young Revolution – which is essentially a little league organization.

On top of all that, we recently were introduced to  “Corey Thurman’s Healthy Kids Club.” (For more details on the club, click here).

Thurman said Wednesday the club is likely the first of many things to come in the future as part of his role as a Revolution ambassador – the role is part of the reason the team didn’t come to terms of a contract with Thurman until just last week.

“There will be more things coming in the future,” Thurman said. “I’m working on a lot of different things. Basically just trying to keep myself busy. I love taking time with my daughter and having to concentrate on pitching and coaching the (Young Revolution) team and also being a husband.”

Thurman is the longest tenured player in Revs history. He will return to York in 2012 for his fifth straight season. Though he is coming off one of his best seasons, Thurman is also 33 years old. Is his day of retirement coming closer?

“My number one thing is I’m going to continue playing as long as I’m having fun with it,” Thurman said. “Success and having fun all come hand in hand sometimes. I just want to keep having fun. I’ve had a great time the last two years. If Jamie Moyer can continue to play and loves the game, then I want to play and have fun.”

The ambassador role and his work in the York community could be a possible stepping stone for what he does when the day does come to hang it up.

“I’m going to try and keep doing that as long as I can and keep working on some things,” he said. “The kids are the key because they’re the future. That’s maybe a little corny to say, but the kids really are the future. I want to affect change in them. That’s why I’m doing the coaching and trying to work with them.”

Oh, yeah. Thurman is also pumped about the logo for the kids club (pictured left), even though it doesn’t include his trademark beard.

“I had a good amount of input to it. I liked it right away. The only thing is I wanted a beard. But for the kids, it’s a little softer (design) without the beard. I look like a character from the oldschool Fat Albert cartoons,” he said. “When kids see me at games now they’ll be able to recognize me.”

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