Cubs' Matt Szczur featured on heartwarming E:60 segment

Cubs' Matt Szczur featured on heartwarming E:60 segment
September 3, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

"There's more to life than just baseball."

That's become something of a common saying around the game over the past couple decades.

But unlike others who have spoken the phrase with empty promises, Cubs prospect Matt Szczur actually practiced what he preached.

He didn't go out and climb Mount Everest or win the lottery. Instead, he saved a little girl's life.

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In the latest E:60, ESPN documents Szczur's story about how he donated bone marrow to a little girl in Ukraine he had never met.

Szczur was a standout football and baseball player at Villanova in late 2009 when he got a call that he was a perfect match with a baby girl who needed a bone marrow transplant. A few months later, in May 2010, Szczur followed through with the donation, even though it meant missing a few weeks of his final collegiate baseball season.

"You can only do so much in baseball. You can only hit the ball so far, throw the ball so hard," Szczur said. "To be able to make a difference in not only your life, but somebody else's life and their family, it's huge and I feel like that's my greatest accomplishment so far."

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Szczur, now 24, became a fifth-round of the Cubs in 2010 and is currently playing outfield and hitting at the top of the order for a Double-A Tennessee Smokies team that kicks off the playoffs Thursday.

Check out the entire 11-and-a-half minute segment on Szczur's fascinating backstory. It's well worth a watch, not only for Cubs fans, but for anybody in search of an uplifting story.