Chloe & Ty Brooks
We first met 16-year-old Chloe when she was in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for her cancer treatment. It was a tough day, but within about 5 minutes, all of Chloe's endless excitement & knowledge of the Pirates started pouring out. We've never met someone who knows as much about the Pirates as Chloe, and we knew just the right person to match her with -- Ty Brooks.
Ty is the Director of Player Personnel for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He works with the GM Neal Huntington to assist with the day-to-day operations of the entire organization. Ty has an incredible story, and one of immense inspiration. He started his career in baseball as a 22-year-old intern with the Atlanta Braves. 6 weeks later and he was offered a full-time job with the organization. He quickly worked his way up from intern to area scout to pro scout to Director of Baseball Operations to Director of Player Personnel. And one day soon, Ty is hoping to become a General Manager!
Chloe first met Ty as she was finishing up treatment and heading back to school for the first time in almost a year. They instantly clicked, talking baseball, sharing stories, and, of course, complaining about the St. Louis Cardinals (as all of us Pirates fans have learned to do!).
Ty continues to share inspirational experiences with Chloe, like tours of the front office and inviting Chloe & her best friend Abby for a special day at the ballpark.
After Ty introduced Chloe to her all-time favorite player, Jordy Mercer, she begged her mom to see the pictures. As soon as she did, she confidently shared:
"Oh my gosh, I need to make this my profile pic for EVERYTHING."
This friendship sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield