Twins take time for kids at JCMCH

from staff reports

  JOHNSON CITY -- Two members of the Elizabethton Twins baseball team visited the Regional Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) on Monday, delighting young patients with gifts of miniature bats and autographed baseballs.
  Young Cheyenne Nichols of Big Stone Gap couldn't take his eyes off David Winfree, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Tarrence Patterson, of Bartow, Fla., as the baseball players talked to him. The baby's parents were equally as pleased as their child, even though too young to speak, seemed to particularly enjoy the players' visit.
  "We do this because we like to give back to the community," said Harold Mains, president of the Elizabethton Twins club, who accompanied the team's players to the Pediatrics Unit.
  Another young patient, Christopher Garland, 6, and a Jonesborough resident, could hardly contain his glee over receiving a miniature bat and autographed baseball. "I like baseball. Those baseball players really visited my room," he said, laughing.
  Both Patterson and Winfree are spending their first summer playing ball in Elizabethton. This is the second visit the team has made this summer to see patients in the Children's Hospital.