There was no professional sports team more colorful than the Daytona Tortugas Friday night. That’s because they hosted “SagerStrong Night,” which honored the late Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager.
Sager lost his life in December at the age of 65 to acute myeloid leukemia.
The Advanced-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds partnered with the SagerStrong Foundation to pay tribute to the man who wore flashy blazers by outfitting players with SagerStrong jerseys. The jerseys, which were inspired by Sager’s jacket at the 2015 ESPYs, will be auctioned off to benefit the SagerStrong Foundation.
These are the Sager Strong jerseys that the @daytonatortugas will wear tonight.. and they’re glorious. pic.twitter.com/KcdGn59b2G
— Zach Dean (@ZachDeanDBNJ) July 21, 2017
Daytona native and 8-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter was on hand to throw out the first pitch and meet fans.
BREAKING: Vince Carter is leaving the NBA for an MiLB career. #FakeNews. But how about that perfect strike?! #SagerStrongNight pic.twitter.com/oUlyQceP2a
— Daytona Tortugas (@daytonatortugas) July 21, 2017
Getting the party started at the Tortugas! @daytonatortugas @SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/9wJnjyvh41
— #SagerStrong (@SagerStrong) July 21, 2017
The Tortugas also donated $3,575 to the SagerStrong Foundation, which provides support to clinical trials and cancer research for leukemia and other blood cancers.
A huge Thank You to the Tortugas for their tremendous financial contribution to The SagerStrong Foundation!! @daytonatortugas pic.twitter.com/ImAlNglEV2
— #SagerStrong (@SagerStrong) July 22, 2017
What a night in baseball, and what a great thing for the Tortugas to do.