Temecula: Angel Pitcher Matt Shoemaker Hands Out Shoes to Foster Kids at Pechanga

Angels fans were invited to meet the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker and Cameron Maybin at a meet-and-greet on Thursday night. Maybin and Shoemaker signed autographs and kept the crowd at Pechanga Resort & Casino entertained.

Before the public meet and greet, Matt Shoemaker gave away some brand new athletic shoes to a very special and deserving group of foster children. The shoes were courtesy of Pechanga and the Shoes That Fit Organization.

The children received the new shoes and the Angels provided some really neat team memorabilia and merchandise. The kids also got to meet the Angels star and get his autograph. Pechanga Resort & Casino provided the children and foster parents with a buffet dinner before the meet-and-greet.

Shoemaker made his debut with Angels in September 2013 and has proved one of the team’s most popular players ever since. In 2014, he finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting after establishing a franchise rookie record with 16 wins and pitched to a 3.04 ERA.

That same year, he was named the A.L. Pitcher of the Month in August and also appeared in the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series following the season’

Photos by Scott Padgett