ATLANTA -- News coverage of professional athletes boils down to either highlights from their game or when they get in trouble with the law.
But it's time to change that up with "Folty Friday"!
As you can imagine, a Braves kids camp has all the trappings of summer - a sweltering afternoon at a swanky ball park where little leaguers can feel like a pro playing America's favorite pastime.
And on this Friday - a Folty Friday - there was a big cherry on top - Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz making a surprise visit, providing pointers, and a pregame meal pro-style.
"Pizza is my favorite food and I have it before every start," Foltynewicz said. "Bringing pizza to kids and seeing the look on their faces sharing my favorite food its something fun to give back."
But it's his play on the field that has these little leaguers buzzing. Folty almost pitched a no-no against Oakland two weeks ago and has allowed a run or less in four in his last seven outings.
"The mental side of the game was where I have really struggled in years past," he said. "Having someone to talk to about that has really opened up my eyes and new doors to the game."
And now he's listening to the next generation of players and providing an experience they won't soon forget. So what goes through Folty's head when he's pitching? One kid wanted to know.
"A lot. You gotta be more focused on the batter and the opportunity," he said. "It's a special experience. It's like a one-time life chance and it's really cool."
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