On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Angels legends Tim Salmon, Bobby Grich and Clyde Wright brought their love of the game and the Angels baseball spirit to MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center for a special physical therapy session with rehabilitation patients.
Patients from the MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute participated in fun baseball rehabilitation activities, like throwing pitches off a makeshift mound, hitting balls off a tee and walking around a miniature diamond.
“Events like these really make rehabilitation fun,” says Mary Margaret Montgomery, MPT, director, clinical operations, MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute, Long Beach Medical Center. “Having these baseball legends around to motivate our patients to get active and participate in physical therapy really makes a difference. These guys brought a ton of smiles with them and it’s really something these patients will never forget.”
Angels Strike Force team members also participated in the event by hosting a prize wheel booth and handing out Angels gear to patients and rehabilitation care team members as they made their way around the event.
“It’s really inspiring to see the positive attitudes and determination these patients bring to their therapy sessions,” says Tim Salmon, former outfielder and all-time home run leader for the Angels. “You can see how hard they have to work on their recovery journey and as a professional athlete, we can relate to that. We all have our bad days and our bad games, but being able put the work in, and grind it out to bounce back, is what really matters.”
The event featured a “seventh inning stretch” as patients from the Parkinson’s Wellness Program led the room in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
At the end of the event, Angels Radio reporter Trent Rush, hosted a Q&A with the players who reflected on their playing days and answered questions from patients and staff.
The MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute at Long Beach Medical Center provides a multi-disciplinary approach to meet each individual’s needs for functional improvement, helping patients regain independence and rebuild their lives.
MemorialCare is the Official Healthcare Partner of Angels Baseball, helping make this patient visit and future visits possible.