Johan Santana will not be on hand tonight at the annual B.A.T. Dinner to receive his award. Santana was being honored for his financial support and generosity to the organization.
He sent out the following statement this morning, that he would not be able to attend.
“I was deeply honored to receive such a prestigious award from B.A.T. B.A.T is a cause I’ve long supported since being in the majors and one I will continue to support. Unfortunately, however, I will not be able to attend Tuesday’s dinner because I’m still in Venezuela trying to complete the paperwork for the construction of the baseball and soccer stadium in my hometown of Tovar. Again, my apologies on not being there and my congratulations to all the honorees.”
He’ll be honored at one charity event while participating in another – that’s how Johan rolls. It just goes to show the level of his character and integrity off the field. Santana left an indelible mark on the organization last season by pitching the first no-hitter in franchise history.