Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado has always been one of the good guys. Tonight before Game 3 of the World Series he’ll be named recipient of the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award which recognizes a player’s commitment to community service.
Clemente died, Dec. 31, 1972, during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
“It is an extreme honor for me to be selected for an award that bears the name of Roberto Clemente,’’ Delgado said in a statement released by Major League Baseball.“He was a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person. I wore uniform number 21 this year in his memory. Roberto’s legacy to me is that it’s an athlete’s obligation to give back. That’s what I have tried to do throughout my career.’’
Delgado’s foundation, “Extra Bases,’’ assists underprivileged children in his native Puerto Rico and he has plans to expand the work to New York City.