Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun welcome Saskatoon Blue Jays to broadcast booth

For Sportsnet broadcaster Jamie Campbell, having the Saskatoon Triple-A Blue Jays join him and Gregg Zaun at the Rogers Centre for the Blue Jays pre-game show was the least he could do.

"Baseball is a very small community and this is a very large country we live in, but when things happen in the baseball family it gets back to us fairly quickly," Campbell said about the death of 17 year old Quinn Stevenson on Aug. 3.

"I was very heart-broken when I found out what happened to Quinn and all I ever hear about him is that he was just a special human being. So, it's the least I can do to give him some time on our show and honour his memory."

In the Toronto-area for the National Championships representing Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Blue Jays ended the trip taking in the Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees on Monday.

Saskatoon coach Pat Boehm said the team has been carrying Quinn with them since the August long weekend, adding that the team has learned a very important lesson this year.

"The boys realized just how lucky they are to be in the position that they are and how precious life is and how quickly it can change and that's been a message we've discussed ever since we heard about the terrible news," Boehm said.

Boehm said some of his players had the chance to walk down and watch the professionals during warm-up, while others had the chance to toss the baseball with Campbell before they went on air.

Campbell said long-time friend and Saskatoon Minor Baseball President Darren Richens alerted him that the Saskatoon team was going to be in Toronto for the national tournament and from there Campbell made it his prerogative to get the team on the show.

"These kinds of things have an impact on me because I have two young boys and I can only imagine what the grief must be like to the Stevenson family right now," Campbell said. "If it's going to be a small measure of comfort re-kindling Quinn's memory, it's the least I can do."

Campbell and Zaun were featured guests at the annual Big League Dreams banquet in Saskatoon and they're slated to make a return to this year's banquet as well.

The Saskatoon Blue Jays finished the national championships in Vaughn, Ont., with a 1-4 record.

The team will be flying home on Tuesday.

Source: News Talk 650 CKOM Saskatoon


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