Sunday, July 11, 2010,+Jared+The+Subway+Guy_,+Fred+Lynn1.jpg

Interview conducted by David Saltzer, Senior Writer

On July 9th, 2010, SUBWAY kicked off its second annual event for SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS with a National Little League Baseball Appreciation Game at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills. The game featured All-Star Little League teams from Orange County and Los Angeles County coached by former Major League Baseball players Fred Lynn and Orel Hershiser. The Orange County team, coached by Fred Lynn, won the exhibition game.

SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS is a traveling tour that will make stops in four U.S. cities to promote Little League baseball as part of SUBWAY’S commitment to promote healthy active lifestyles for families. The tour will make its next stop in Anaheim as part of the All-Star Game activities and then will travel to New York City prior to the Little League World Series.

To help raise awareness and funds for the Little League Urban Initiative, over 30 athletes and stars signed baseballs designed and decorated by Little Leaguers. Athletes and celebrities who signed baseballs include:

Basketball: Blake Griffin

Baseball: Joe Torre, Dave Winfield, Ryan Howard, Orel Hershiser, Fred Lynn, Dan Uggla, Ken Griffey Sr., Andre Dawson, Josh Johnson, CC Sabathia, Heath Bell, Adrian Gonzalez

Football: Michael Strahan, Ndamukong Suh, C.J. Spiller, Amani Toomer

Boxing: Laila Ali

Motorsports: Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon

Hockey: Chris Drury

Swimming: Michael Phelps

Entertainment: Zac Effron, Vanessa Hudgens, Britney Snow, Ryan Rottman, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Larry King, Shay Sorells, Bob Harper & Jillian Michaels, Mike & Mike, Jared Fogle

Fans can visit and SUBWAY’s Facebook page to see pictures of all of the baseballs in the display. Beginning August 20th, the baseballs will be up for online auction and fans can bid on the baseballs via ebay. The auction will last for 10 days, with all of the proceeds going to support the Little League Urban Initiative.

Signedbaseballs2.jpg picture by chuckster70

Prior to the start of the exhibition game, caught up with Fred Lynn to speak about his participation in the SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS tour, his career as a Major League player, and his thoughts on the current state of the game.

Fred Lynn is no stranger to Southern California. Growing up in El Monte, California, he was a standout high school star in football, baseball and basketball. He then went on to star at USC before getting drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1973. As a rookie in 1975, Fred Lynn won the Rookie of the Year Award, the Most Valuable Player Award, and a Gold Glove for his defense in centerfield.

In 1981, Fred Lynn was traded to the California Angels along with Steve Renko for Joe Rudi, Frank Tanana, and Jim Dorsey. With the California Angels, Fred Lynn became one of the four former MVP players to compose the 1982 team. The 1982 Angels were the second Angels’ team to make it to the post season, but, unfortunately fell one game short in a heartbreaking series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 1983, Fred Lynn made All-Star history in the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game by hitting the first grand slam in All-Star history. After the 1984 season, Fred Lynn left the Angels as a free agent to play for Baltimore. Before retiring, Fred Lynn played for Detroit and San Diego. He finished his career in 1990, amassing nine All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves and 306 homeruns.

Below is our interview with Fred Lynn, conducted July 9th, 2010. Additional footage of the opening ceremonies from the SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS tour, including the ceremonial first pitch, is included.

Related links:

Love to hear what you think!

Listen to "A Fish Like This" Tribute song to Mike Trout's Greatness

AngelsWin Media

We Recommend

 photo 8fbce79f-4964-43ef-a13d-ff1832b5e9a4_zpsd3c2ece7.jpg
Click on the picture above to pick up a copy of Rob Goldman's latest on Angels' great, Nolan Ryan. A Must Read for every fan of the Angels! Website Store

 photo t_zps6af139fc.gif
Copyright © 2013 Los Angeles Angels Blog | is the unofficial website of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Our comments and views do not express the views of the major league club or anyone affiliate with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. blog content, articles and opinions are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind.  We disclaim warranties, express or implied, including warranties for a particular purpose, accuracy, completeness, availability, security, compatibility and non-infringement.  Blog material, articles and other information furnished or supplied by you to become the ownership of for use at our discretion.  Your use of AngelsWin content is at your own discretion and risk. We do not warrant that any content here be error free that access thereto will be uninterrupted or errors will be corrected. We do not warrant or make any representations regarding  the use of any content made available through  You hereby waive any claim against us with respect thereto. may contain the opinions and views of other members and users. We cannot endorse, guarantee, or be responsible for the accuracy, efficacy or veracity of any content generated by our members and other users. The content of is intended for educational and entertainment purposes only. Such content is not intended to, and does not, constitute legal, professional, medical or healthcare advice or diagnosis, and may not be used for such purposes. Reliance on any information appearing on is strictly at your own risk. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in, or accessible through, the without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer or professional licensed in the recipient's state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.