Steve Eighinger

It's all about paying it forward

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 10, 2017 8:50 am

The best part of putting together "Good Guys of the Month" every 30 days or so?

It makes me feel good inside. Hope this edition makes you feel good, too:

Bronze medal

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright saw minor leaguer Ryan Sherriff walking to and from practice at spring training. Wainwright asked the youngster if he needed a bike or a car to get around during camp.

Even though Sherriff said he didn't, Wainwright didn't take no for an answer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Wainwright got a rental car for Sherriff and picked up the tab.

"I freaked out a little bit," Sherriff told the Post-Dispatch. "I started crying. I called my mom, and she started crying. Really, I've never had that experience. No one has ever done something so nice for me before."

Wainwright said he was just paying forward some kindness shown to him by veterans when he was coming up through the ranks.

"That's the kind of thing that happened to me when I was younger," Wainwright told the Post-Dispatch. "Many, many things like that happened to me. You just kind of pass that stuff on."

Hats off to Wain-O. Three of the most important words in the English language, that he obviously understands: Pay it forward.

Silver medal

Mia Rodriguez is being called the "little girl with a big heart."

Rodriguez opted to spend her 12th birthday giving gifts to others -- police officers in Omaha, Neb. Rodriguez, plus a few family and friends, spent her birthday delivering gift bags to 499 Omaha police officers. Each bag was filled with coffee, beef jerky, candy and other snack items, plus bottles of water, gift cards and poems of appreciation and motivation.

"I thought it would be good, with everything going on lately and the police shootings last year," Mia told Omaha.com. "I thought I should do something for all police officers."

Gold medal

A University of Northern Iowa student is using her talent to honor veterans. Marching band member J.D. Waybill plays taps on her trumpet at many military funerals in and around Central City and Cedar Falls, Iowa.

"I enjoy doing this," she told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. "It's something I'm good at and I can do."

Waybill estimates she's performed at more than 100 funerals during the last few years.

"For me, it's always been, I will never serve. I don't have it in me to serve,SSRq" she said. "So I might as well give back in a way I can to those who have protected me and my family for so many years.

"If I can give this little bit of solace to the families and fallen veterans, I might as well do so. It doesn't cost me anything."

And it allows her to give back so much.