Gold Glove Winner Harrison Bader Pinch Hits as a Substitute Teacher

Gold Glove Winner Harrison Bader Pinch Hits as a Substitute Teacher


If you haven’t been paying attention, the Omicron strain of the Covid virus is spreading everywhere. Many people are getting this virus, including teachers. So, it was not a surprise when a massive amount of teachers in the St. Louis School District began calling in sick. The district needed substitute teachers in droves. This story became a headline story on the evening news in St. Louis. Most people who were watching, probably commented, “good luck finding subs during a pandemic.”

Harrison Bader is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, he won a gold glove last year for his exceptional play in the outfield. In early January, Harrison watched the same story on the evening news. Instead of making the same comments that most people probably did, he decided to help. He volunteered to become a substitute physical education teacher at Meramec Elementary School.

The administration did not tell the children ahead of time. It was just kind of a surprise. The kids were surprised to see a major league baseball player become their teacher for a day. Harrison played with the kids, imparted some life lessons and signed autographs. It was rewarding for him and also for the kids. Pretty cool story.

Your Turn: What lessons can we learn from this story?

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  1. The lesson that we can learn from this is that fame does not necessarily mean everything, there are times we as individuals need to step up and support one another during the toughest times no matter who we are. This also shows who Harrison is as an individual, he took control and stepped up for the school district, this could teach others to do the same.

  2. This story taught me that you should always do good deeds, even if you are not recognized for them. Vader realized that his community needed subs, and instead of standing by, he took action and became a sub. He may not have known if he was going to be put in a story, but he did it anyways.

  3. We can learn that it doesn’t matter what other people say, you need to think and make your own decisions. Also, no matter what is going on, if you can help you should do it

  4. We can learn that famous people can still reach out and touch the younger generation and make a difference. It shows that you’re not too good to be a role model and remember that you were once a little child looking up to athletes.

  5. This story teaches an important lesson about doing what you can to help others. Although he wasn’t required to help out as a substitute teacher, he still did because he knew it was the right thing to do. He also knew the impact he could make through this positive action. This is an important lesson in selflessness.

  6. This story shows that no matter how famous you become, you always can help out your community, especially in times of need.

  7. A lesson we could learn from this story is that even if you’re famous or not you can still do stuff for people and help people out.