Mar 5, 2016 3:49 PM by Ross Field
Former San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt visits Chico Friday, appearing as the guest speaker for the 19th annual Chico American Legion Spring Fever fundraiser.
The southpaw played fourteen seasons in the Bigs before retiring after last year.
He spent seven seasons with the Giants and saved his best performances for October. Affeldt has a sparkling 0.86 ERA in 31 and a third playoff innings, quietly ranking among the best postseason relievers of all-time while helping the Giants win three World Series titles.
He spoke with us about the impact American Legion baseball had on his life.
"I think all through high school I played every level of American Legion up in Spokane where I'm from, and I really enjoyed the opportunities it gave me. I was found out of there, scouts were looking at other guys and they ended up finding me because of an American Legion game. So it was important in my life and it was important to the development of me as a baseball player," said Affeldt.
"He's a three-time world champion, he's a good role model and he's someone I look up too," added Jake Dahl, local baseball player.