Remembering Christina-Taylor

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  • Inter-State Studio
As the Diamondbacks and White Sox took the field at Kino Stadium yesterday, a giant No. 12 was hanging from the left-center field wall to honor Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old second baseman who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and killed while waiting in line with a neighbor to meet her congresswoman on Jan. 8.

Baseball was in Christina-Taylor’s blood. Her grandfather, Dallas Green, pitched in the major leagues and managed the Phillies, Yankees and Mets. Her dad, John Green, played in the minor leagues and now works as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Before yesterday’s game, Roxanne Green told reporters she wants people to remember her daughter as “a giver—someone who was always trying to help the less fortunate. She was very appreciative. She was very athletic, very competitive. She was fearless.”

John talked about how the family is still learning how to live with a hole in their lives. It’s still hard for him to believe his daughter won’t be there when he gets home from a scouting trip.

“I expect to see my son, Dallas, and Christina and one of them is not there,” John said. “It’s difficult.”

The Greens are trying to make something good come out of the loss of their daughter. They’re honoring her memory with wristbands, pins and patches on little-league uniforms. The money raised from the sales—like the proceeds from yesterday’s game—will benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund, which will support fund programs for kids.

Details on how to contribute to the fund here.

The CDO Little League has a tribute to Christina-Taylor Green here.

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