State Farm’s “Go To Bat” program

Do you remember when State Farm sent me to the Home Run Derby last month in Phoenix? Well, they’ve come through again for me in a BIG way, and I need your help making an important decision…

As you may already know, State Farm is conducting a program called Go To Bat. It’s basically a virtual Home Run Derby that fans can play online to raise real money for a bunch of different charities. Just recently, I learned that State Farm is going to give me $4,000 to donate to these charities, and I can divvy it up however I want. I’ve decided to give most of the money to Pitch In For Baseball. I could’ve given it all to them, but I thought it’d be cool to support some other causes too, so I combed through the master list of Go To Bat charities and picked four that are meaningful to me.

This is where you come in. I need help narrowing it down to two charities, and if you click this link, you’ll see a poll that looks like this:

For those who don’t know, The V Foundation funds cancer research, and The Jackie Robinson Foundation supports minority youths by helping them get scholarships to college. Other than that, it’s all pretty self-explanatory, right?

Unfortunately, you can’t vote by clicking the image above. You actually need to CLICK THIS LINK. It’ll only take a couple seconds, and you don’t need to submit your email address or anything, so really, you have no excuse not to participate. I’ll post a follow-up entry by the end of the week to announce the winners.

In the meantime, check out the Go To Bat page on and play the game. Not only will you be helping to raise money for the charity of *your* choice, but you’ll also be entered into a sweepstakes to win free World Series tickets. Go there now. Play the game. Don’t be dumb about this. And if you win the tickets, you better invite me to go with you.

State Farm approached me about sharing why I “go to bat” for certain charities. I agreed to participate, and as a result, they’re donating to these charities on my behalf. I’m not being compensated in any way for this.


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