The city of Chicago is known as one of the most crime-infested in the entire United States.
Star White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is now looking to do something about it. Already an altruistic figure within the community, one of the game’s best youngsters has pledged $500 for every base he steals this season.
The money will go to an array of anti-violence campaigns in the Windy City.
According to Block Club Chicago, Anderson’s community work in Chicago has become something of legend.
“Anderson has done charity work throughout Chicago — which he calls his ‘adopted hometown’ — but particularly on the South and West sides. Last month, he brought 75 kids from the South Side to watch ‘42,’ a movie about Jackie Robinson, in a theater for free.,” the report noted.
Anderson is also asking for the help of fans. He’s willing to enter said fans into a contest to win a game-used autographed base for donations of $50 or more.
The optics couldn’t be any different between Anderson and his colleague with the Chicago Cubs, fellow infielder Addison Russell. The former All-Star just returned from suspension after an allegation of domestic violence.
As it relates to Anderson, he’s hitting .328 with six homers and 20 RBI on the season. Oh, and the 25-year-old shortstop leads the AL with 12 stolen bases. That’s what matters here.