Dalton Pompey is Doing Something Amazing on Twitter Right Now

Forget the Kanye West/Wiz Khalifa/Amber Rose feud, or Jose Canseco literally imagining dragons. The best thing that happened on twitter today came thanks to Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey.

Today is #BellLetsTalk day, if you didn’t already know. That means all tweets and retweets using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk raises five cents toward the Canadian nonprofit Bell Let’s Talk initiative, which seeks to shed a light on depression and other mental health issues. Pompey is doing his part to help out and then some: if you go on his twitter profile right now, you’ll see hundreds of retweets of tweets using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. Including this one!

It’s hard to estimate how many tweets Pompey has retweeted, but if it’s, say, 200, that’s already $10 singlehandedly raised to support this great cause – all because he took the time to hit a few retweet buttons. And that’s without factoring in the fact that Pompey, thanks to his fame as an MLB player, has over 42,000 twitter followers, many of whom are taking his cue and retweeting the tweets he’s putting on their timelines. It’s always great to see someone in Dalton’s position do something like this, especially if you or a loved one knows what dealing with these mental health issues are like. Fantastic work, man.

We here at Baseball Essential are also doing our part to support #BellLetsTalk, and that includes sharing this awesome personal column from staff writer Zach Bernard on how baseball and the Chicago Cubs helped him through some dark times. Also, here’s a nearly year-old piece from Steve Benko on recent Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr.’s brush with suicide.

As someone who has struggled greatly with chronic depression myself, I couldn’t be more thrilled about today. Please, take the time to read Zach’s and Steve’s articles and either retweet some of Pompey’s retweets or send out a tweet of your own with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. You never know how many lives you could be saving.

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