Earlier this week, it was announced the Rays had signed pitcher/author/speaker Dirk Hayhurst who has a cult-like following with baseball fans online as The Garfoose. I was already a fan of him from reading his non-prospect diary at Baseball America but as the parent of a child with special needs, the Hayhurst signing is doubly nice.
Mrs. Hayhurst, a.k.a @groovygarfoose, is a board-certified music therapist who uses her talents to empower children, teens, and adults with special needs through Music Therapy. She has a site set up on Facebook so those interested can follow the work she does. I can speak from personal experience of the impact of this work as music has been a big part of my own son’s development and how our family functions in dealing with his Asberger’s condition.
The Rays seem to specialize in targeting players with high make-up and/or character; in this case they have gotten two for the price of one. The video below is an example of The Groovy Garfoose at work doing a production of Glee.