Dodgers Report: Dallas Green
March, 23, 2012
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com
TUCSON -- A year later, John and Roxana Green mostly wore smiles as they addressed a small media gathering in the press box at the Kino Sports Complex on Friday. For the second spring training in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom John works in the amateur scouting department as a national crosschecker, had traveled to the city where the Greens live to play a benefit Cactus League game for the Christina Taylor Green Foundation, which the Greens formed to honor the memory of their 9-year-old daughter, who was killed in a mass shooting in a supermarket parking lot here more than 14 months ago.
Those smiles may come a little easier now, the hurt never goes away.
"There is still pain every day in losing our daughter, but it is healing to get involved in things we know she would be proud of," John Green said. "Just like starting a business, starting a new foundation has a lot of growing pains. Everybody has different ideas. It takes time, and it takes patience."
But the rewards make it all worthwhile. The Christina Taylor Green Foundation raises funds to provide financial assistance to schools for various programs.
"It has been very therapeutic as well," Roxana Green said. "We know she is looking down on us and very proud of what everyone is doing."
Last year, when the Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks here, the Green family maintained a low profile, appearing on the field before the game and then doing a brief, impromptu media session in a tunnel behind home plate before watching the game from a private suite upstairs. This year, John, Roxana and their son Dallas -- named after John's father, longtime big league manager Dallas Green -- were highly visible, standing on the field before the game as John addressed the sold-out ballpark over the public-address system to explain the mission of the foundation.
The Dodgers split squad won the game, defeating a Chicago White Sox split squad 17-4 before 10,894. The rest of the team lost, 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals before 6,769 in Surprise.