SAN FRANCISCO -- Prior to Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt was presented with his award for being the Giants' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy for his work with charities such as Generation Alive! and Not For Sale.
"Your first thought is the guy it's named after and how awesome he was," Affeldt said of the nomination. "The way he passed away, I'm sure a lot of people were heartbroken about it, so to be able to be put up for an award that is in representation of a guy like him is pretty cool. For me, I don't really do the things I do in the community for the award, but if you get nominated from it, that means someone saw what you do and they're trying to say thank you, so it's definitely something that's very appreciated and humbling."
All 30 nominees have immersed themselves in the type of humanitarian and community efforts that distinguished the life of Clemente, a life that ended at age 38 on New Year's Eve 1972 with the crash of a plane aboard which he was personally delivering aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
Fans will once again have the opportunity to participate in the selection of the national winner. They can cast votes for any of the 30 club nominees through Oct. 8.
The fan-ballot winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by a special selection panel of baseball dignitaries and media members. The panel includes Commissioner Bud Selig and Vera Clemente, widow of the Hall of Fame right fielder.
Voting fans also will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip for four to the 2010 World Series to see the national winner presented with the Roberto Clemente Award.