When you ask him to measure the value of Trevor Story, Sean Haynes pauses. Haynes then politely asks, can he put the phone on speaker for a second. He needs both hands free.
“One thing I can say for sure,” Haynes, who helps Steward Giving Souls charity Ann Phoenix, said of the Rockies’ shortstop, then pauses. In the background, you can almost understand tap tap With a small keyboard.
“What is he going to help us with this year, and where he has helped us in the past…”
“You’re looking at about 300 pairs of shoes that he’s going to help us provide the kids with the money that we’re getting again next year…”
“If you add up what he does in the future, you have about 300 pairs of shoes. Which is awesome.”
Thanks for the memories, 27. For all the hits we saw. But especially the ones we didn’t.
The Rockies’ last homestand, a final week at Lodo before baseball descends into sunset, begins Tuesday night. Nine more chances to see Story, which is expected to enter free agency after this season, are slinging it in purple and black.
The Last Beatle on Blake Street will turn 29 in November. He has served a decade aboard the SS Monfort after being drafted from Irving (Tex.) High School.
The story spent six of those summers on The Show, one of the few savvy heads at the floating asylum. Wisdom comes.
“That’s the person you want to be,” Haynes said of the story. “And then being able to meet Trevor and be friends with him and his wife, that really strengthened it — seeing some of[his]conversation on the field as well as on the field.”
Haynes’ first interaction with the story came in late 2019 through his son, Gavin. The big-hearted little kid founded Giving Souls at the age of 11 after a chance encounter with LeBron James, and in honor of a younger sister his family had briefly raised.
Giving Souls donates name brand shoes to raising children. the good stuff. Nike. Adidas. Van. In each package, the recipient receives shoes, a hand-written note from Gavin, and a bag they can keep.
“If they want all-white Nike Air Force 1s, this is what they get,” Haynes said. “With kids, we don’t want to give them what they need. We want to give them what they deserve. Not just hand-me-downs. I think that’s one thing that really speaks to Trevor The fact that he is such a sneakerhead.
The story was so inspired by Gavin’s generosity that he partnered with Giving Soul and Athlete Brands two years ago to create a “Chase the Lion” T-shirt for sale, with all proceeds going to charity.
The Haynes family first met the Rockies shortstop during the 2019 Cactus League slate, then reunited a few months later when Colorado visited Chase Field, even kibitzing during batting practice.
“(The story) always took time, asking how the organization was doing,” Shawn recalled. “He’s very friendly and very genuine. I could tell he really wanted to help us out and find out how he felt he could help us. No, ‘I’ll change my name to another organization’ How can I join?'”
It didn’t take long for the 27 to win over Gavin either. A pair of sneakerheads. A pair of basketball junkies. A soul giving couple.
“Gavin just loves him,” said Shawn, laughing.
Little Haynes plays club basketball during the winter months, and Storey, pre-pandemic, was trying to figure out how to attend one of Gavin’s games.
“Gavin, tell me when you’re playing,” the Rockies shortstop told him at the time. “Because I want to see you play.”
The child is now 13 years old, a point guard who is starting 8th grade. When it comes to growing boys, the nights are long, but the years are short.
“Trevor Story has been a really good example from Gavin’s point of view, ‘When you become a famous athlete, that’s how you treat people. That’s how you interact with others,'” Haynes said. “It’s such a good example to have Trevor Gavin.”
Story’s shirt for Giving Soul sold for thousands of dollars. Another incident landed nearly $5,000 toward the Story Set Up cause. Talk about happy feet.
“She’s really kind to allow us to name her,” Haynes said. “(People) are like, ‘What have you done?’ Then (you) look at Trevor Story, they’re like, ‘Oh, whoa, really?’
“It was huge for us because of the exposure. MLB Network did a[piece]on that when we were in spring training… the exposure to that was a big help. This led to a lot of inquiries from people willing to help and help us. So it’s been too much, beyond What did you bring with the shirt? and many more.”