CHARLESTON, S.C.(WCIV) - Former College of Charleston standout Michael Kohn's job is playingbaseball and striking out batters, but on Wednesday the Los Angeles Angelpitcher hit a home run in the game of good will.
Kohn spent the day supplyingsmiles, autographs, and a full turkey dinner to families in the Lowcountry.
"It's tremendous for me togive back to families that are less fortunate here at Mitchell Elementary, andI have tremendous help doing that. It's for the kids, for the families. If Ican take any burden off from a family to give them a day to be thankful for andto have a turkey dinner, it brings joy for me to do this - just to see the kidshappy to have a thanksgiving dinner," he said.
Kohn's motivation to give backcame from his father.
"My dad used to always doturkey dinners at the soup kitchen where I am from. That kind of inspired me,seeing my dad do that and kind of just led me to do this. If I'm able to dothis, I'm going to do this as long as I can," Kohn said.
The native of Camden,S.C., was in the Charlestoncommunity last year handing out Turkeydinners at homes of the same elementary school district.
Playing for the Cougar baseballteam from 2007-08, Kohn was a position player before making the transition torelief pitcher his final season. He was drafted in the 13th round of the 2008draft as a pitcher by the L.A. Angels and made his major league debut on July26, 2010 against the Boston Red Sox.
This past season, he overcame2012 Tommy John surgery to perform well, posting eight holds and one win as areliever for the Angels. He pitched 53 innings in 63 appearances and struck out52 batters, holding opponents to a .212 batting average against him.
Some information provided by College of Charleston Athletics.