ST. PETERSBURG FLA. — The Uvalde school shooting, Texas was particularly disturbing.Pitcher .
The left-hander was born in the small, west of San Antonio community of approximately 16,000 inhabitants. His school was in the same building as the shooting, and his family and brother still live in Uvalde.
Raley stated Wednesday that it was a small community. “News travels very fast. My family lives there still, my brother, his wife, and their daughter are there. This is very close to my heart.
Raley, 33, was at Tropicana field's clubhouse less than an hour prior to a game against The Rays.When he was a teenager, he found out that his former school had killed 19 children and two adults.
Raley admitted that the news was hard to take in, even though he made it clear that he didn't want to discuss political implications of Tuesday night's shooting.
“I was just sitting there and heard something but didn't really do any follow up as we were already about 40 minutes away from the game.” He stated that he had spoken to his parents to learn more about their background and to gather as much information possible.
“I did attend that school. Raley said that she walked the halls and could see what they were experiencing each day. It's a small, tight-knit community so it's clearly difficult. I don't know what I can do. It will take some time.”
Raley, a two-sport star at Uvalde High School, has not lived in his hometown since heading off to college at Texas A&M, where he was drafted by the2009 He currently lives in College Station, Texas with Rachel and their three daughters.
He said that his hometown was “the biggest west of San Antonio.” “I mean, we've got an H&B and a Walmart and a couple fast-food joints. There's not a lot of it.”
Raley explained that Raley believes his inability to speak out publicly about the tragedy is partly due the unanswered question.
“It's just tragic. The pitcher stated that it was quite hard to believe having grown up there and attended the school. “Having young children, I feel for the families and pray for them.
Raley is currently in his first season with Rays. In his 14 appearances against the Marlins, Raley was 1-0 and had a 2.25 ERA. He also made three saves. In 2012, he was a Cubs minor league rookie.And During his career.